(Run time: 105 min. – Directed by: Dito Montiel – Starring:Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Zulay Henao)
Terrance Howard and Channing Tatum star in the recently released on DVD fight drama that’s properly titled, Fighting. This big city drama tries to add a little bit of action with its fight scenes, but falls short. I actually had to watch it twice because the first time I tried to watch it I fell asleep!
The movie centers around a young hustling thug, played by G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra star Channing Tatum, who has come to the big city to make a new life. He hustles iPods, books, and even umbrellas! But, when rival hustlers try to kick him off his corner a fight begins that catches the eye of an enterprising hustler played by Terrance Howard. Howard’s character then stages a series of fights that all seem to end awkwardly. Meanwhile, the awkward fighter (Tatum) meets his love interest played by Zulay Henao. He sets off to pursuit the hot latina who, unfortunately, has a lot on her plate as a struggling single mother, but he keeps trying.
All roads leads up to the grand finale, a big time fight with his hometown nemesis for a big time payday. A payday that could set him up for life or cost his hustling mentors (Howard) life.
I thought that the actors did a good job all the way around. But, I think that the writing was lacking. The lead in a fight movie should be consistent and/or consistently improving. In Fighting, Tatum can’t even fight? I think? In the first fight he gets his butt handed to him until accidentally tackling the guy into a water fountain. Then, a second fight with a giant man who man handles him and a third fight that he barely gets by last minute? Leading up to his final, and supposedly hardest fight, of which he all of a sudden picks up skills? It killed it for me.
This movie was deceptive in nature and honestly was a real let down. It was drawn out and weak. If you have to see it rent it first before you buy it on DVD. I would suggest another recently released fight movie, Never Back Down, for a more satisfying movie watching experience.
Sorry guys, I wanted to like it.