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The Haymaker (2010)

A dispirited youth takes up boxing to empower himself while struggling to overcome his delinquency.

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Daniel D'Alimonte
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Complete credited cast:
Trevor Morgan ... Davis
Chris Butler ... George
Susan Floyd ... Maria
Timothy Covington Timothy Covington ... Joel
Kristopher Montgomery Kristopher Montgomery ... Julian (as Chris Montgomery)
Cortney Palm ... Stacy
Alex Malick Alex Malick ... Jackie
Patrick Vuong Patrick Vuong ... Kid
Eric Watson ... Opponent
Jesse Ochoa Jesse Ochoa ... Referee
Amir Malaklou ... Roommate
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A dispirited youth takes up boxing to empower himself while struggling to overcome his delinquency. Written by Anonymous

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He was 17 years old. He stole cars. One day changed it all.

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Short | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 2010 (USA) See more »

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Rouge Valley See more »
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written by Ian LeFeuvre and Todor Kobakov
Performed by 'Ian Lefeuvre' and 'Todor kobakov'
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A bit generic and obvious but still well made and engaging
20 March 2014 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

This short film will win no awards for originality since the plot is one you will have seen many times even if some of the specifics are different. A young punk who has flunked out of education and cannot even steal a car successfully, decides to turn to boxing in an attempt to have something in his life of more meaning than just hanging around in a bad part of town with nothing to look forward to. As a plot you can pretty much join the dots to see which direction it will go and you will more or less be right in the big picture and the detail.

However, just because it is overly familiar doesn't mean it doesn't work – indeed things are well worn for a reason. In this case the story just about does enough to engage in its tale of Davis trying to overcome and struggling to keep his focus while wise African-American trainer Butler inspires and challenges him in equal measure. It has a rugged spirit to it that I liked and, although it does nothing in the narrative to make it stand out, I did still like it even if I could have done without some of the more obvious parts (the aspiring fire-fighter for example). It is well made outside of the narrative and it looks good whether shot at night or in close-up within the ring. The music is also nicely subdued and supportive. Performances are not as string perhaps as you would have liked, but they still do the job, with Morgan and Butler doing solid work.

It is all a bit generic and obvious perhaps but it does still work and is well made and satisfying in its simplicity.


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