Saturday, 3 December 2016

#80 BLEED FOR IT


Starring Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart,  Katey Sagal, Ciarán Hinds and Ted Levine. Written, produced and directed by Ben Younger. Running time 117minutes. Budget $8 million. Cert 15.

This is astonishing true life story of Vinny Pazienza, the world champion boxer who broke his neck in a car accident and went on to win, not one, but three world title belts!

Starring Miles Teller who's proving to be his generation's Robert Deniro with his commitment to the method. This is a straight forward, chronological bio-pic with excellent performances, particularly from Teller and Eckhart, as Kevin Rooney, Vinny's former disgraced trainer. Solidly written and directed by Ben Younger this is the perfect example of the Ronsil movie, it does exactly what it says on the tin. Offering nothing new or different to the usual boxing flick, which isn't an issue really since the subject is so fascinating, this is nevertheless a very engrossing and satisfying movie. Lacking any shmaltz, or morkishness and bordering, almost, on being a fly on the wall documentary, albeit one with actors playing real-life people, this was a deeply satisfying and enjoyable experience. Seriously,  watching the commitment of Vinny to come back from such an injury to reclaim his past glory  is simply breathtaking to behold and deeply inspiring too.

All that, plus a wealth of naked boobs.

8/10

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