This review is from: Gladiator [DVD] (DVD)
When Vanilla Ice's little brother is forced to move to a ghetto, due to an unfortunate series of cliches, it's not long before further cliches ensue, forcing him back into the boxing ring. However due to his natural abilities at handling cliched situations, he soon begins to fight his way to the top and live the rags to riches dream cliche, until a big fat cliche, in the form of Brian Dennehy, as a vicious boxing promoter, tries to force him into a whole world of cliches that he doesn't want to be in...
Actually I'm being a tad mean here with the synopsis, because in spite of it's well worn characters, situations and storyline, Gladiator is still quite a lot of fun, benefiting from having a number of very likeable performers, a great little soundtrack and plenty of boxing action. Which although hardly realistic, is nontheless moderately bone crunching. Like I've said, the story is nothing new and it's unlikely to tax anyone but I hadn't seen this since it's original release on VHS and enjoyed every minute of this rewatch (rematch?). The locations and presumably wintery filming dates were well chosen, giving the ghetto a suitably bleak feel and look, which adds to it's charm.
For some reason I have a strange desire to see this film semi remade by an eastern European country. Just to see how they would handle the story.
Those of you who enjoyed this, would possibly also like Midnight Sting ('92).
The extras were non existent but the picture quality was nice enough.