The Fighter (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
Brace yourself to see the mother of all fights that is fierce, action packed and vigorous whereby you merely survive through your knuckles and fists do the talk for you to gnaw your opponent to the pulp. The film is based on the true story of about two brothers against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that has the power to reunite their fractured family and give their hard-luck town what it's been waiting for: pride. Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg
) is an Irish-American welterweight boxer from a working class family in Lowell, Massachusetts. Managed by his mother, Alice Ward (Leo), and trained by his older half-brother, Dicky Eklund (Bale), Micky has not had a particularly successful career: He's become a "stepping stone" for other boxers to defeat on their way up. Complicating matters, Dicky, a former boxer whose peak of success was knocking Sugar Ray Leonard
down in an HBO televised match, has fallen apart since his early success, becoming addicted to crack cocaine.
On the night of an under-card fight in Atlantic City, Micky's scheduled opponent is ill, and a substitute is found who 18 pounds is heavier than Micky. Despite Micky's reservations, his mother and brother agree to the terms so that they can all get the purse. Micky is soundly defeated by the much heavier fighter in an obvious mismatch. Frustrated with his career and embarrassed by his defeat, Micky tries to retreat from the world and forms a relationship with Charlene Fleming (Amy Adams), a former college athlete who dropped out and became a bartender.
After several weeks, Alice arranges another fight for Micky, who, concerned it will turn out the same as before, shows serious hesitation. His mother and seven sisters blame Charlene for his lack of motivation. Micky mentions that he's received an offer to be paid to train in Las Vegas, but Dicky says he will match the offer so he can keep training and working with his family. Dicky then tries to get money by posing his girlfriend as a prostitute and then, once she picks up a client, impersonating a police officer to steal the client's car. This is quickly foiled by the actual police and Dicky is arrested after a chase and a fight with them. Micky intervenes to try to stop the police from beating his brother, but he is also beaten and a police officer breaks his hand before arresting him. At trial, Micky is released but Dicky is sent to jail. Micky denounces Dicky for the trouble he caused. Though Russell paints Micky's mother, brother, and sisters with a broad brush, Wahlberg anchors the scenario with his patient, level-headed performance. Rescue Me's Jack McGee also deserves notice as his diplomatic dad, George. The ending of the film is quite riveting and compiling as it is something to write about and most definitely managed to depict the real story on the motion picture.
So let me save you the best for last by catching this compiling film that is going to be released to the wider public on the 15th of march 2011 which happens to be next week Tuesday. Be the early bird to preorder it at our online shopping site wantitall.co.za to start placing your order in advance.