The Wrestler 2008

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Mickey Rourke gives a superb performance as a washed up former professional wrestler in this story of loss and renewal. Randy 'The Ram' Robinson tries to make a comeback through the independent wrestling circuit ready for one final showdown with his former rival.

Mickey Rourke,Ernest Miller
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Sport
Director Darren Aronofsky
Starring Mickey Rourke, Ernest Miller
Supporting actors Marisa Tomei, Todd Barry, Evan Rachel Wood, Vale Anoai
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Just William on 2 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
In Darren Aronofsky's gritty and brilliant new film Mickey Rourke bares both body and soul in a triumphant comeback. It makes for uncomfortable viewing, not only because of the sometimes gruesome nature of the action, but because anyone who knows anything of the personal life and history of Rourke will find the line between fiction and reality very difficult to discern, if it exists at all. Aranofsky apparently refused to make the film with anyone but Rourke in the title role (but not before berating him and raking over the coals of his wasted career) and it is difficult to imagine the film being as powerful with anyone else at its centre. From the opening scenes we are looking at a man who later describes himself as 'a broken-down piece of meat'. His face is a mess, his hair dyed and brittle, a cheap hearing aid is obviously visible and every inch of his skin is marked by scars or tattoos, the marks of his history. It is distressing to see this man, for whom physicality is everything, so destroyed by his vocation. Just when he reaches for his glasses in order to read you feel the fall from grace. Add to this the mess of his life; locked out of his trailer home for non-payment of rent, only able to buy intimacy as a customer in a lap dancing club, estranged from his daughter about whom he knows nothing, and you could dismiss this film as two hours of misery. But that would be a mistake.

I complained recently about the black and white morality of Slumdog Millionaire (not to be confused with the primary coloured palette of the film itself - but I know you can keep up with my confused metaphors), well, The Wrestler is rendered in shades of grey, and it makes it a far more interesting film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Davidson VINE VOICE on 24 Aug. 2009
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"The Wrestler" is an impressive film about a down at heel former celebrity wrestler who ekes out a living fighting in brutal ,bloody contests that often end with him needing stitches.Mickey Rourke puts in a tremendous performance as the Wrestler; his familiar skinny frame has been bloated and pumped up to Incredible Hulk like proportions and he looks every inch an all in wrestler. He plays the character with poignancy and feeling capturing his loneliness,confusion and disappointment. The Wrestler spends most of the film chasing after an unavailable lap dancer ,trying to build bridges with his estranged daughter and coping with life in a hair net behind a deli counter at the local supermarket. After he succumbs to a heart attack he has to decide whether to end his wrestling career and settle down to a lonely unfulfilled old age or to go out in a blaze of glory. "The Wrestler" is a convincing , well acted character portrait of a tragic figure.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 April 2009
Format: DVD
What do you do when what you are is something that hurts you? What do you do when you can't be who you thought you were? When the mythology you gave yourself - father, husband, lover, friend, drunk, alcoholic, wrestler, hero or whatever - is not who you are anymore?

You wake up one morning and you couldn't do what you thought you could do, couldn't do what you used to be able to. The one thing you used to exploit and use to keep the wolf from the door (just) has gone, or is going, and you can feel time running out.

This is the world that anyone whose ever gotten old, or is getting old, or is not as young as they used to be recognises. The world of Mickey Rourke as The Wrestler. Rourke delivers an oscar-worthy performance, where he ceases to be an actor but simply becomes his character. Filmed in a cinema-verite style with mostly handheld framing, the viewer feels as if they are, in some way, intruding on Randy "The Ram"s life as he watches it slowly fall apart. For a man form whom sport has been his life, his raison d'etre, to suddenly have that taken away as he clings ever more desperately to the coat-tails of a fame that is now nostalgia, sees Rourke deconstruct. He seeks to rebuild his life, and faces the question that all of us face at some point : what are we? who are we? and how do we live in the world where we thought we knew our place and that world moves around us and we find ourselves left behind?

The Wrestler is director Darren Aronofsky's masterpiece. Like Kubrick he tries a different genre everytime, and also at the core of it, remakes the same film everytime, about human beings and what drives us all. The fim is gritty, and real, and doesn't feel like a film more as a gritty, no holds barred documentary. It's not for the squeamish, nor for the weak, with a story arc that promises a resolution and provides a question, which is in itself, the thing that gnaws at all of us in the long dark teatime of the soul. What makes a man a man?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Albatross TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 4 Aug. 2013
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Mickey Rourke may be an unusual choice for a leading man these days, but, upon watching The Wrestler, it was hard to imagine the film with anyone else.

He plays a `burned out' wrestler whose glory days have long since passed him by. He lives in a trailer, works part-time at a local supermarket and barely sees his daughter. We watch as he tries desperately to form relationships and regain his career. Like people said that The Man Who Fell to Earth was basically about David Bowie playing a - slightly warped - version of himself, The Wrestler is effectively Mickey Rourke. He's seen his best - acting - days and is trying to climb back up the ladder - the hard way.

If you're not a fan of `professional' wrestling, don't worry. The actual `ring time' makes up about 12 minutes of a 1 hour 40 minutes film. And, what grappling there is, only proves the point that it's all fake and one big show for the people.

There's little to laugh at here. It's a sad tale of someone who has had a taste of the big life and lost it. Now he'll do anything to get it back. It's definitely not a feel-good movie. If you want something tragically poignant, where you root and feel sorry for the `hero' all at the same time, try this. Mickey Rourke is more than just muscles.
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