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on 15 June 2014
Sailor O'Connor (Dominic Purcell) is a retired boxer, working as a welder. His mom (Sheila McCarthy) claims he is "used up and broken." She is dying from cancer and bitter at God. She wants to see the "old country" one more time before she dies. Sailor wants to go into the ring to obtain a purse so she can go.

As the fight begins the film is consumed with flashbacks, at times getting only 30 seconds of fighting before we go back in time again. During these flashbacks we get to see the life of the other fighter King Solomon (Izaak Smith), newly married with a baby on the way. He has a mother issue also. We get to see behind the scenes of the promotion and the mystery of Diane (Famke Janssen) the woman who has done the "unforgivable." The film slowly builds levels of complexity around a single fight.

I enjoyed the opening of the reading of Percival, and the quick establishment of character. This is not a film about boxing, but that of a fighter. a man who refuses to lay down both in the ring and in life...in case you missed the symbolism.

The film was better than expected, and has that life drama that "Lifetime" fans can enjoy as well.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity. Brief sex talk.
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on 8 September 2014
If you are a fighter, athlete, or just a fan, this movie reminds you why. The movie starts at round 5 of a boxing match between a veteran fighter who's claim to fame is despite his record, he always entertains and has never been knocked down, against a talented younger fighter who has the question mark over his head of weather he can take a punch or not.

The round starts then we are taken on the fighters' journey and motivations that have brought them to this point, the we are shown the last minute of the round. The boxing scenes are realistic, and the story is gripping and strong. There are a couple of twists, with the themes of honour and redemption running through it. The thing that really impressed me about the movie manages to show the respect the is earned between fighter through the bond of blood. The is not something that can be explained to everyone, but anyone who has competed understand. This is why fighters fight. This is why I cheer as a fan. Great movie.
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on 8 July 2017
A very thoughtful, interesting film. The story evolves around one fight with many flashbacks (for once relevant) as to what both boxers are fightng for. The ending is not predictable.
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on 26 October 2014
Well, it's another fight movie. What can I say, if you seen a Rocky movie then why watch this? Old boxer comes back to show he still has some fight left in him, pun intended. Dominic Purcell however is not a boxer in any form, for his age he just doesn't cut the mustard, maybe he's been drinking too many pints of blood. But the camera views are close and cropped tight and to tell the truth this was not a good choice of main character. His mother is played by the Canadian actor Sheila McCarthy, and her simulated Irish accent is awful.

I see other reviews rate the story well, unfortunately I just could not even finish twenty minutes.

Pass it by there's plenty of other very good boxing movies worth watching.
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on 19 July 2015
Though slightly slow in parts I did Enjoy this. Purcell doesn't quite cut it as A Fighter,but given the story is more about Him and His life as apposed to the Fights He pulls it off enough to give You what eventually becomes a decent story with above average acting.
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on 31 January 2015
A slow film with a poor plot. Unfortunately this film uses too many cliches; sporting, religious and racial.
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on 24 October 2014
A tale of courage and dignity
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on 30 December 2014
Good fight movie
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on 13 January 2015
TV MOVIE YUK
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on 25 June 2014
Stories of aging fighter Sailor who wants to win the purse to take his sick mom on a trip and a young guy who wants to win the purse as he has a baby on the way. Swearing and blood.
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