Film of the Week: The Fighter
This Golden Globe-nominated film tells the stirring tale of a small-town boxer trying to make it to the top.
Release date: 2 February 2011
Running time: 116 mins
Director: David O Russell
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams
Dickie Eckland (Christian Bale) used to be a contender, but these days he's just a washed-up boxer, sullied by drug addiction. His younger half-brother, Mickey (Mark Wahlberg) has become the family hope in the ring and it's Dickie's job to pass on everything he knows. That is until Mickey loses the last in a long line of fights.
Fed up with feeling humiliated, he decides to hang up his gloves, but pretty barmaid Charlene (Amy Adams) persuades him otherwise, giving him the courage he needs to step away from his destructive family and make a break for victory on his own. Can his family give him the space he needs to flourish, or can they reconcile themselves to work together and make him even stronger? With stellar performances from an impressive cast, you'll enjoy finding out.
Screenplay: Scott Silver, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson
You should see it because: Not only is this film vying for Best Picture at the Oscars, Christian Bale has also been nominated for Best Supporting Actor!
See it if you liked: Million Dollar Baby (2004), Cinderella Man (2005), Brothers (2009)