Friday, November 13, 2015


Director Antoine Fuqua's Southpaw is a relatively straightforward story of an athlete getting up off the mat after being knocked down by life. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as an undefeated boxing champion nearing the end of his career whose life is struck by a series of tragic events which cause him to reevaluate his priorities, attempt to become a better father to his daughter (Oona Laurence), and reclaim a life, both in and out of the ring, which he once took for granted.

The movie is highlighted by performances by Gyllenhaal, Laurence, and Rachel McAdams as the boxer's wife. Both Forest Whitaker add 50 Cent a little life to the party as well, but neither is asked to color outside the lines of very basic characters.

Boxing fans are likely to get more out of the movie than others, although I think the first-person perspective used in spots during the climactic in-ring battle is a little disorienting.

Available on both DVD and Blu-ray, extras include an UltraViolet digital copy of the film, a behind-the-scenes featurette, deleted scenes, Q&A with the cast, and an extended training montage.

[Anchor Bay, Blu-ray $39.99 / DVD $29.98]

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