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Fighting

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  Fighting Review
Tookey's Rating
2 /10
 
Average Rating
4.88 /10
 
Starring
Shawn Channing Tatum, Harvey Terrence Howard
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Directed by: Dito Montiel
Written by: Robert Munic and Dito Montiel

 
 
 
Released: 2009
   
Genre: ACTION
DRAMA
SPORTS
   
Origin: US
   
Length: 105
 
 


 
t’s a struggle to stay awake.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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The uncompromising title suggests another Raging Bull, but really this tale of a provincial hunk punching his way into the New York underbelly is more like a bantamweight version of Midnight Cowboy.
In its favour, the New York locations are gritty and atmospheric. Channing Tatum (pictured) looms charismatically as the up-and-coming bareknuckle fighter, and Terrence Howard is engagingly shifty as his would-be promoter, who’s not above “throwing” a bout in return for ready cash.

Unfortunately, Dito Montiel’s direction is efficient without being even slightly exciting. The screenplay by Robert Munic and Montiel is hand-me-down, and the twist has been seen dozens of times before. The talented cast deserved better than turgid direction and a cliched script. You’d be better off watching a Ricky Hatton fight. It would, apart from anything else, be shorter.


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