A Fighting Man

2014

Action / Drama / Sport

50
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 38%
IMDb Rating 5.6 10 1341

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Cast

Famke Janssen as Diane Schuler
Dominic Purcell as Sailor O'Connor
James Caan as Mike 'Brother' Albright
Kim Coates as Father Sean Brennan
720p.BLU
698.11 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 28 min
P/S 1 / 1

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by John Tore Mølstre 7 / 10

Expected very little, ended up with a lot

I expected very little from this movie. I noticed I wasn't really in the mood for a movie after a couple minutes watching it, but I was too lazy to turn it off. And I'm happy I didn't. I wasn't really into the movie in the beginning, and I didn't understand why they had to cut off the fighting scene all the time with these flashbacks. However after a couple, these flashbacks started telling a compelling back-story of the older fighter. So I naturally parted with him, since I'm always trying to find a hero and a villain in the movies. Then the movie slowly introduced the back-story of the other fighter and I was torn. Who am I rooting for now? What is this? "Too many feels!"

I don't want to tell too much of the story, but it follows two boxers who have their own reasons for stepping into the ring. And this movie tells those stories in a unique way. I don't think I've ever seen a fighting movie where there was only one fight, but this was perfect. I really enjoyed the movie, and if you like deeper, emotional fighting or sports movies, this movie is a great pick for both you and girl on any night of the week.

Reviewed by witster18 6 / 10

low-brow 'Rocky' definitely has its' positive traits

"A Fighting Man" will be added to my "B Marathon List" because it's definitely deserving. Not perfect, but deserving.

A fine supporting cast helps. From the lady who plays Sailors mother, to James Caan,Famke Jannsen, and Louis Gossett, the entire cast(save one) does an EXCellent job. Unfortunately, the 'one' is Dominic Purcell, who's performance is a bit rigid and uninspiring. His lines all delivered with the same emotionless whisper that really loses the fight against his acting counterparts.

The director deserves MAD PROPS here. The film is put together extremely well considering the shoe-string budget. THe fight choreography is strong, the camera work and editing are all above average.

The story is pieced together beautifully with many pertinent subplots, all played out perfectly, even some surprises thrown in there. This film needed a new star and a bigger budget, and it could have really been amazing.

The film had style in its fonts and its shots, time-jumping, and human elements, but it just couldn't elevate into rarefied air without a better performance from the lead and a little more money for extras and and overall production design.

Still, kudos for the effort. THe director gets an asterisk next to his name as someone to keep an eye on. Good "B" movie that is definitely worth your time and money, but oh how this could have been a diamond in the rough instead of a garnet.

70/100 You Might like this if you liked: Streets of GOld(not as good), THe Wrestler(much better), Vision Quest(better), and Win Win(better)... but most of those are pretty strong flicks.

Impressed overall. Good sleeper no doubt.

Reviewed by kosmasp 7 / 10

The good, the Bad ... and the others

It's nice and refreshing to see a movie about two boxers, where you get to see both sides and might not be able to pick a favorite. Of course deciding to start with the fight and then going back in flashbacks, might either be enticing for viewers or appalling. You'll have to make your own mind up about that.

Acting-wise you get quite a lot of good people in this. James Caan, Kim Coates, Michael Ironside and Famke Janssen to name a couple. Mostly they don't share the screen together, but you still get the gravitas a movie like this needs. It's nice storytelling, with slowly revealing/uncovering its layers. Not really surprising in the end, but still a nice movie to watch

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