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Southpaw (2015)

R | | Drama, Sport | 24 July 2015 (USA)
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A champion boxer fights to get his daughter back from child protective services as well as revive his professional career, after a fatal incident sends him on a rampant path of destruction.

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Antoine Fuqua

Writer:

Kurt Sutter
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jake Gyllenhaal ... Billy Hope
Rachel McAdams ... Maureen Hope
Forest Whitaker ... Tick Wills
Oona Laurence ... Leila Hope
50 Cent ... Jordan Mains (as Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson)
Skylan Brooks ... Hoppy
Naomie Harris ... Angela Rivera
Victor Ortiz ... Ramone
Beau Knapp ... Jon Jon
Miguel Gomez ... Miguel 'Magic' Escobar
Dominic Colón ... Mikey
Jose Caraballo Jose Caraballo ... Eli Frost
Malcolm M. Mays ... Gabe
Aaron Quattrocchi Aaron Quattrocchi ... Keith 'Buzzsaw' Brady
Lana Young ... Gloria
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Storyline

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.

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His biggest fight is on the ring. See more »

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Drama | Sport

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, and some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

Hong Kong | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revancha See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,701,294, 26 July 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$52,421,953

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$94,207,861
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Although the storyline depicts a particular sequence of a boxer suffering significant losses both literaly and literarily, Billy Hope's character resembles that of former Canadian Heavyweight Champion George Chuvalo and his post-boxing life struggles toward coping with several familial tragedies and turmoil. See more »

Goofs

The final knockout blow, where Billy Hope is initially seen to knock out Escobar, is replayed on the stadium screen. However, due to the higher angle of the shot in the replay, Billy's punch clearly doesn't come close to connecting with Escobars face. See more »

Quotes

Tick Wills: We start tomorrow.
Billy Hope: What, like training?
Tick Wills: No, baking cookies.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 28 July 2015 (2015) See more »

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Haven't I seen this one before?
10 September 2015 | by BlackLemonTeaSee all my reviews

Southpaw is a movie about the successful boxing champion Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) whose life begins to fall apart because he cannot control his high temper.

To begin with, the story line is simple and not very original. The protagonist who has everything suddenly loses everything and needs to find a new way to win it all back. Haven't I seen this before? And I'm not even talking about movies in general. Actually, one can find boxing movies with a very similar story (for instance Rocky II or Raging Bull).

The characters depth is nothing near to the ones we see in "Raging Bull" or "Warrior" (movies in which motivations and reasons of characters are more complex and interesting). In Southpaw, the characters lack depth, thus they become a tad boring. Personally, I felt like flat character design was one of the main issues of this movie. Furthermore, you always felt like someone already told this story in a much better way. Why should I waste my time to watch a poor remake? Naturally, this sounds harsh and may be a little exaggerated, but I honestly believe this is the major aspect of the movie that annoyed me – unoriginality and the incorporation of many clichés.

I would still recommend you this movie, only because of two people: Jake Gyllenhaal and Forest Whitaker. These two tremendous actors made this movie not a total waste of time. As aforementioned, Gyllenhaal plays in the lead, portraying the struggling fighter Billy Hope. It is a stupendous performance from a brilliant actor. Although the character is partly despicable and should be hated, one does still feel for him. That is the work of a master in his craft. Academy Award winner Whitaker plays Tick Wills, an older gym owner who later becomes Billy's mentor and new coach after his demise. The relation between those two characters is the best one in the whole movie. What happens when chaos and fury meet experience and discipline? These two spectacular actors were the absolute highlight of the movie, which makes it a bit frustrating to see so less of them on screen. The filmmakers rather concentrated on Billy's relation with his daughter than on the one I found deeply entertaining.

This leads to my other point. I found that the role of Oona Laurence was a miscast. She plays the daughter of Billy and is devastated after a certain incident. Things between her and Billy do not work quite well (I can just recall, "Haven't I seen this before?") The only scene of this side story that touched me was when Billy got slapped in the face by his own daughter. That's it, nothing more. Moreover, I did not like Laurence in the movie. No offense, but she was not very convincing and rather annoying.

On the other hand, I thought that the rest of the cast delivered. Rachel McAdams and even 50cent impressed me – gorgeous casting.

All in all, the movie was nothing exceptional or anything to remember. I think "average" sums it up pretty well. Southpaw did not quite live up to my high expectations, although having some great actors on board. What you see was nothing original or mind-blowing, it felt like a bad "Raging Bull" spin off. I can still recommend the movie to people who love sport movies in general and want to see some great acting. Otherwise, leave it and don't watch it. 6/10


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