Review by: dancingonrain.
Anthony Rodriquez is a half-Italian, half-Puerto Rican boxer who just won his final boxing match. The story begins with him talking to a reporter to share his journey that made him who he is today.
While I did like the idea behind this premise, I didn’t feel that the movie did it justice. This movie alternated between flashbacks and present day. I suppose the director and producer may have been trying to present the story in a different way, but I think I would have enjoyed the movie more if they had just told the story in chronological order. I know it would have had a larger effect on me in the end if they had they done so.
We barely know the present day protagonist before the flashbacks start and then almost immediately his “torture” starts. I personally would have liked to get to know the main characters a little more before they started with all the violence and drama. I think I would have felt more connected to the characters as a viewer if the writers had set up the character introductions and characterizations better.
I felt that the few bigger names thrown in like Alec Baldwin were mainly to distract us from the sub-par acting and writing.
A fight broke out almost every ten-twenty minutes. I like to watch fight scenes, but, as a viewer, I also like there to be a point to it—like it would help advance the story forward—but with some of the bar brawls, you could have removed the scene (s) and the story/plot and characters wouldn’t have changed at all. If a scene doesn’t affect or change the plot/story or characters, then there’s no point in having them in the movie. Some of those scenes honestly just felt like time wasters.
I think the biggest let down that I had was that in the end of the movie. Anthony’s best friend was still alive. After we think he’s dead, Anthony’s motivation to win his next few boxing matches makes sense—for his deceased mother and friend—a vengeance of a sort, but in the last scene of the movie, it turns out that his best friend is alright. While that’s probably a better conclusion for them as people, it was kind of a letdown for me. What was Anthony’s motivation to keep winning if he already knew that his friend wasn’t actually dead? We were shown that his deceased mother had also been his motivation, but Anthony hadn’t started winning until we think his best friend was dead. The fact that his friend ended up alive I think took away from the final fight scene. I felt that the way the movie presented it, it was just put in there as shock for shock’s sake.
Overall, I didn’t think this movie was amazing, but if they had edited and worked with it more, refined it, I think it could have been great.