The movie is a coming-of-age drama about a boy growing up in Astoria, New York during the 1980s. As his friends end up dead, on drugs, or in prison. He comes to believe he has been saved from their fates by various so-called saints.
Robert Downey Jr.,
Shawn MacArthur, the kind-hearted son of an Alabama wrestling coach, makes a grim living selling fake products on the streets of New York City. After dealing with thieving punks, he's discovered by bare-knuckle/street-fight manager Harvey Boarden. Shawn soon proves himself worthy and starts earning a small fortune, part of which he volunteers to spend on single mother Zulay Velez. Shawn doesn't cheat and that seems to be a major problem, notably after the arrival of his Alabama high-school rival.Written by
When Dito Montiel first came out with A Guide to Recognising Your Saints. I was blown away by the performance of Channing Tatum, touting him to be the next big thing. After this I'm not so sure. Poor man's Rocky and Fight Club put together. Not a good film at all. I sat in the cinema and I knew exactly, how this film was going to end. Poor script, poor acting and very predictable story. In my opinion it's a remake to the Jean Claude Van Damme movie, A.W.O.L. Channing Tatum mostly mumbles his way through the movie. Channing Tatum is better than this, as is Terence Howard who is a very good actor, but he was just passable with his role. Luiz Guzman and Roger Guenver Smith were seriously underused and these are two actors I've enjoyed watching over the years. Brian J White was decent as the Apollo Creed type bad guy and did well with what he had. I thought the love interest was flimsy at best and the fight scenes though believable, could've been a bit better. What Montiel does do well with this movie is capture New York. He does by showing us, in a documentary type fashion, that New York is still one of the greatest cities in the world and it will never lose it's identity. All in all, I would save this movie for another rainy Saturday evening on DVD, because it's barely worthy of a cinematic release.
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