When I first saw the trailer for this movie I was expecting a lot from this movie, and what I got is the same thing what I expected.
As tragedy strikes him in his prime, famed boxer, Billy Hope, begins to fall into a great depression. Once the decision regarding the custody of his daughter is under question, Billy decides to get his life back on track by getting back into the ring.
The story is simple. What I really like about this movie is that Billy wants his redemption for his wife’s death and he wants his daughter back. I really like how his daughter reacts to him when he came to visit her in Child Protective Service. She was so angry at him. Also, I really like that moment when he came back to CPS and told her that he is going back in the ring, when she slapped him because he told her that it’s not safe for her to watch the match. After the scene when his wife died, when he is in the bedroom and screaming into his bed and holding a pistol on it, you’ll think that there is going to be more shooting, but the movie goes to the other direction. That’s what I really like about this movie.
The acting is great. Jake Gyllenhaal (Billy Hope) did almost perfect. I really like how he “transformed” from Louis (Nightcrawler) to this. I mean, I don’t know if he was using steroids, but shit, he built up fast. But his acting… Oh God, it’s amazing. I really like how he has that street slang and how he act some kind of psychopath, but that’s only because he was using drugs and alcohol. Also, I really like his chemistry with his daughter Leila. She (Oona Laurence) did good as well, but not good as Jake. She was pretty cliche character, but you can’t make her character not cliche. She is really connected with her father, but in some ways, she hated him. Other actors (Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker) did great, even 50 Cent did good as well.
The thing I really like about this movie is that fights are made so realistic. I like how final fight was done. Actually, my dad was thinking that I’m watching a real boxing match. I like how Escobar is acting so calm and like he already know he is going to win. But shit, here comes sin: predictable ending. That is pretty shitty, but people would he disappointed if they made Billy lose his last fight and made Leila stay in CPS.
At the end, this movie is great, but not perfect. I’m definitely recommening this movie to everybody.