Bleed for This (2016)
Bleed for This is the true story of world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller) and his journey to get back in the ring after a car crash that left him almost paralyzed. The story paints a good picture about who Vinny was and how boxing as everything to him. It starts with his rise to fame in the late 1980s as we see him box in 2 matches. Almost halfway through the movie we witness the car accident that changes his life and the movie changes tones. We see a broken man who refuses to quit on his 1 passion in life.
As far as a movie goes, the acting is pretty good as the actors create a good sense of drama surrounding the circumstances. The flow seems right as we see the success and fame of Vinny before his accident which allows the audience to care for him during his time of adversity. The only problem I see with Bleed for This is that the movie feels 1 dimensional. It feels scripted as we all know this formula. Vinny is successful which leads to a downfall, but his determination gets him back in the ring to fight again. If this wasn’t the formula, they wouldn’t be making a movie about it. They don’t make movies about failure and this movie doesn’t do a good a job of hiding what is to come (which ultimately is for dramatic purposes.) Don’t get me wrong, this movie tells a great story and one that people can root for, but it doesn’t surprise anyone what happens.
At the end of the day, Bleed for This is a well made boxing movie about something that really did happen. We all love true stories and this is one to enjoy and appreciate. I would recommend this for anyone who enjoys boxing movies, just don’t expect Rocky and you will be good. Co-starring Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Ciaran Hinds, Ted Levine, Jordan Gelber, and Amanda Clayton.
7/10 Stars – A well-made and acted boxing flick about a true story, but this type of true story is overdone and predictable (through no fault of it own.)