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A MAN SHOULD KNOW WHEN TO QUIT
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.