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"Fighting" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

Channing Tatum plays Shawn, a young man living on the streets of New York, just trying to make enough money to survive. The movie opens with an altercation between him and some dvd bootleggers.  A scam artist, Harvey, played by Terrence Howard, witnesses the fight and is impressed by Shawn's natural fighting ability.  They later run into each other at a diner where Harvey convinces Shawn he can make loads of money fighting. The venue's start out small, but Shawn earns his street-cred and starts making some real money.  There is a bit of back story when Shawn meets an old "friend", Evan Hailey (Brian White), regarding Shawn's wrestling coach of a father.  The two had a bit of a falling out when the father took Evan under his wing and led him to state championships.  The tension is immediately palpable when Shawn runs into Evan.  Harvey is able to score a big fight between these childhood rivals and the payout is huge.  The only problem? Harvey needs to bet against the underdog Shawn in able to win money... or does he??

 

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2009, Color, Rated PG-13 (Includes Unrated Version), 1 Hr 45 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: VC-1
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:  Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Luis Guzman
  • Directed by Dito Montiel
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Violence:  Yes, fighting
  • Sex:  about 5 seconds, PG
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

Fighting is a decent movie.  Honestly, I thought it would be worse than it was.  I don't think i would recommend it to many people, but if you are bored there are worse ways to spend an hour and a half of your life (ok, not many. Jumping into a pit of snakes sounds worse though).  The problem with the movie is that the character's back stories are weak and the fight scenes aren't even choreographed that well.  Therefore you end up with a bit of an empty movie trying to be filled with an unconvincing love story, some sort of fatherly bonding tale, and some fighting.  It's just a bit of a mess.

Technical

The video quality on this title is excellent. Plenty of detail and texture to the picture. Great colors and contrast. I really have nothing bad to say about the video. The audio was decent. Not a very exciting mix, certainly nothing you would use to demo your home theater. The dialog seemed a tad empty as well. I feel it needed a bit more oomph.

Extras

A few deleted scenes and a digital copy are provided. Pretty empty disc.