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Southpaw (2015)

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Boxer Billy Hope turns to trainer Tick Wills to help him get his life back on track after losing his wife in a tragic accident and his daughter to child protection services.

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Jordan Mains (as Curtis '50 Cent' Jackson)
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As tragedy strikes him in his prime, famed boxer, Billy Hope, begins to fall into a great depression. Once the decision regarding the custody of his daughter is under question, Billy decides to get his life back on track by getting back into the ring.

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Believe In Hope.


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Rated R for language throughout, and some violence | See all certifications »

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24 July 2015 (USA)  »

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Revancha  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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$16,701,294 (USA) (24 July 2015)

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$52,418,902 (USA) (30 October 2015)
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Some prints of the film, at the end of the credits, have "In Memory of Our Friend James Horner," who died in a plane crash days before the film opened for release. See more »

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During a match in which he defends his World Light Heavyweight title, Billy sustains an injury to his left eye which is shown to be bloodshot. After the fight, Billy speaks at a press conference but the eye is no longer bloodshot. It is bloodshot again in the next scene. See more »

Quotes

Billy Hope: What are you trying to ask me?
Tick Wills: What happened?
Billy Hope: I don't fucking... I just told you...
Tick Wills: What did you do?
Billy Hope: Why you keep asking me that question?
Tick Wills: What happened?
Billy Hope: I just told you what happened.
Tick Wills: Why?
Billy Hope: I can't tell you why. What do you mean, why?
Tick Wills: Nevermind. You can't even hear the question.
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Referenced in Mike & Mike: Episode dated 14 August 2015 (2015) See more »

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Toe 2 Toe 2015
Written by John Paul Gosney and Buddy Long
Performed by John Paul
Courtesy of John Paul Entertainment
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Gyllenhaal the Great
23 July 2015 | by (Quezon City, Philippines) – See all my reviews

Billy Hope is the light heavyweight champion of the world with a 43-0 record. One day, as a result of his uncontrollable violent temper, tragedy after tragedy hits him and his family until he is left with nothing -- not his fortune, not his career, not his family. Despondent and desperate to get his life back, Billy swallows his pride and seeks the assistance of trainer Tick Wills to train him back to fighting form.

"Southpaw" is an acting showcase for its lead actor Jake Gyllenhaal. Last year in the film "Nightcrawler", Gyllenhaal gave us all the creeps with his very realistic portrayal of sociopathic pseudo-video journalist Louis Bloom. He was overlooked at the Oscars of the Best Actor nomination he clearly deserved. With this meaty role, Gyllenhaal set out to prove that that his transformative performance last year was not a fluke at all.

His performance here as Billy Hope is another triumph of his very serious and committed method acting style. Here, Gyllenhaal again undergoes a total physical transformation into a grizzled prizefighter with a buff hardened physique, scarred face and swollen eye. We feel every ache of his weary body as he shuffles in his gait. His speech is already slurred with probable nerve damage. We see and sense the ravages of his vicious sport on him.

He captured the character of an impulsive man who was not too savvy in life, and easily driven to violently angry tendencies. As Billy's world collapses around him, Gyllenhaal brings us all down to his hell with him. We totally see the unraveling of a man until a mere shadow of him remained. Then we would witness how he humbles himself as he tries to bring the shattered pieces of his life back together again. This was in addition to all the pounding he had in the boxing ring itself. This was truly an acting tour de force by Gyllenhaal which simply cannot be ignored.

The actors in supporting roles all share in Gyllenhaal's shine. Despite her name being so prominent in the poster, Rachel McAdams appeared on screen only for a very short time. In that limited time, we clearly see the effect of her strong character Maureen on her husband Billy. Bespectacled little Oona Laurence plays their spirited daughter Leila. Gyllenhaal and Laurence share some pretty intensely emotional scenes together.

Forest Whitaker plays Tick Wills, the tough disciplinarian of a trainer whom Billy chose to bring him back on track. I thought it was clever how they even include Whitaker's left eye into the story. Curtis "50 Cent" Smith plays Billy's fair-weather manager Jordan Mains. He really has this sleazy vibe about him with his flashy smile and shiny suits.

Director Antoine Fuqua effectively wrung all the right emotions out of this story. The storytelling is well-paced and the camera work is compelling. The fight scenes were well-choreographed and executed on screen -- very brutal, bloody, all with high tension. The first person point of view during the fights puts you right in the midst of all the action.

The musical score contributes so much to the drama of this film. This is also the last film James Horner scored before his untimely demise in a plane crash recently. We also hear Eminem rap in the soundtrack. It is interesting to note that Eminem was actually the original choice to play Billy Hope.

Boxing is a common sport tackled in movies because of its inherent drama. "Rocky", "Raging Bull", "Million Dollar Baby" and "The Fighter" easily come to mind as among the best of them ever made. This is why we may feel we have seen this story In "Southpaw" told in another way before. However, the grippingly honest acting of Jake Gyllenhaal definitely set this film apart from others. He made "Southpaw" a most extraordinary boxing film to watch. 8/10.


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