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Review: Fighting (2009)

May 22, 2009

With the Summer approaching, the film season has already begun with the biggest blockbusters coming thick and fast. Taking advantage of my Orange Wednesday’s 2-4-1 entry I’ll be regularly reviewing and rating the latest movies to hit the screens. This Wednesday just gone i went to see Fighting with lead actor Channing Tatum (Step Up, Coach Carter) supported by Terence Howard (Crash, Hustle & Flow).

I must say upon seeing the trailer i had some expectation that it would be quite entertaining, however, i did not chose to read any reviews prior.
The film seems to have been based on a re-make of a Jean Claude Van-Damme (JCVD) film called Lionheart.

In the original film – Lyon, played by JCVD, is down on his luck and comes across Joshua, a two-bit hustler/ fight promoter. They team up and make a splash in the underground, no holds barred fight circuit. In the end, Lyon must face Atilla and Joshua bets all of their money on Atilla to win! Lyon famously tells him “wrong bet” and goes on to defeat his foe.

In the new version – Shawn, played by Channing Tatum, is down on his luck and comes across Harvey played by Terence Howard, a two-bit hustler/ fight promoter. They team up and make a splash in the underground, no holds barred fight circuit.

Harvey acts as Shawn’s manager sourcing his fights and acting as his mentor. His causal appearance and laid back attitude doesn’t really work for me in this and with the aspirations i had following on from his performances in Crash and Hustle & Flow, i was bitterly disappointed with this attempt.

Other than a selection of fight scenes and a 10 second training sequence, the action is lame. i don’t understand why the writers chose to focus on Channing’s ill-fated acting ability on screen rather than entertaining the viewers with training scenes and more fighting.

Channing participated in all the fighting scenes himself without a stunt man and full credit to him for that, but i must say that as much as i was a fan of his choreography in Step Up and plays a credible character in Coach Carter, he should definitely stick to dancing and shooting hoops and less on screen talking.

Overall, the dialogue of the film is relatively poor. The video editing and camera work looks very basic accompanied by a ridiculously blatant attempt at an urban New York Soundtrack with opening tracks such as Jay-Z – Heart of the City. I must say from the opening sequence i was hoping it would get better but knew that the initial get go was too bad to recover from.

I am looking forward to watching a load of films this Summer such as Terminator: Salvation, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and G.I. Joe but with already watching Wolverine and Fighting and being disappointed i may re-think about spending £5.50 on two tickets next time.

Fighting Receives a Pony 3/10

Directed By: Dito Montiel
Lead Actors: Channing Tatum and Terence Howard

Film Review by iAmLuca

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