Southpaw

Posted on August 2, 2015

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Southpaw – World champion boxer Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) has major anger going on. After he punches another boxer outside the ring and his wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams) ends up getting shot, he goes past the boiling point. Manager Jordan Mains (50 Cent) gets him into a match where he knocks out a referee. He then tries to kill himself by driving his car into a tree. His home is repossessed and child services takes his daughter Leila (Oona Laurence) away. He can’t go any lower until he has to take a job as the janitor at a gym. Gym owner Tick Wills (Forest Whitaker) comes to the rescue and teaches him a new way to fight.

Very bloody and brutal. It’s not Rocky but Gyllenhaal’s body is splendid and some of the training is amazing to watch. Of course, the girls in the bikinis who hold up the round number cards tons of value. Whittaker is just wonderful, as always.

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