Starring: Paddy Considine, Jodie Whittaker, Paul Popplewell, Anthony Welsh
Directed by: Paddy Considine
Running time: 97 minutes
Does the world really need yet another boxing movie? Yet another tale of redemption, with a plucky outsider who has little chance of winning, discovering his mojo through meeting the right partner, turning around his life, punching sides of venison at dawn and lifting the belt in a blaze of glory? No, of course it doesn’t – I’m looking at you Stallone with your countless, increasingly ludicrous Rocky films, but as films like The Fighter showed, there is some life in the old puncher yet.
And this is Paddy Considine we’re talking about here. Now approaching something like national treasure status, Considine has almost become a by-word for gritty authenticity, an actor who never cheats, never uses tricks and always seeks that most elusive quality in films – honesty. [Read more…]