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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Review of film: “FIGHTING” -- Combating both opponents and Stereotypes!

Review of film:   FIGHTING   --  Combating both opponents and Stereotypes! =    
                   [ Rating:  7.5 of 10 stars ]
Date Rated: Apr 21, 2009 | Rel. Date: Apr 24, 2009
(Per an advance preview:) CHANNING TATUM (also impressive in the film "STOP-LOSS" & in this director’s previous film "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints") stars as an ex-wrestling celebrity from an Alabama college who's had a hard time making a living in New York City...

...  He meets a street hustler (finely played by TERRENCE HOWARD), who urges him to use his FIGHTING skills to make them all money at some "private", NO-HOLDS-BARRED gatherings...

...  Harvey, his assistants & other characters (including Channing’s love interest ZULAY HENAO, opponent hustler LUIS GUZMAN, etc.) are often "OFF-KILTER" from the stereotypes you’re expecting

 You anticipate crookedness from Howard & odd actions from Tatum, & you’re often SURPRISED by what you get (which I found refreshing)...

...  It was a fascinating little film-- until the very end when things just sort of ended in an INCOMPLETE way, as if they’re hoping to do a SEQUEL to cover some major elements which were left “HANGING” in a strange & unsatisfying fashion…

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