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Uplifting movie that is way more character driven than it has to do with boxing
This is a emotional and uplifting film that revolves around two characters. They both have separate stories but they come down to one goal at the end. And both fighting for different reasons. One of the main aspect that stands out about this movie is how it shows the two protagonist being pitiful and despicable. And as the movie progresses you get to know more about both characters and they become likable or at least sort of understandable of why they are the way they are. One main gripe I have is how the movie moves along in a way where the relationships and bonding isn't really clarified sometimes, it just happens. Which makes it seem like the movie is missing few scenes or just not well developed. Also if there was at least some connection between the two characters besides them both hitting rock bottom it would have been better. Especially when they both face each other in the ring. What is really hard to watch is how you care for both characters one maybe slightly more than the other...But the point is you want both of them to win, but only one can come out winning.
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