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Feature 9.0
Video 8.0
Audio 8.5
Special Features 7.0
Total 8.9
Distributor: Hopsctoch
Running Time: 109 minutes
Classification: MA15+
Reviewer:
James Bradford

8.9


The Wrestler

The Wrestler tells the tale of Randy “The Ram” Robinson, an ageing pro-wrestler who has hit rock bottom in life, from his turbulent relationship with his daughter to his own personal goals which are now shattered.

Although once a Wrestling superstar in the 80's, Randy is now forced to fight in the lower leagues of Wrestling in this gripping drama. Directed by Darren Aronofsky, The Wrestler tells the tale of one man’s redemption after losing the keys to the kingdom as he struggles with relationships, alcohol and money.

What makes this movie so enthralling is Rourke as Randy and the similarities between the actor’s hard times and the wrestler is quite eerie at best. The relationship between Randy and his daughter Stephanie (Evan Rachel Wood) is very estranged and when he misses an outing with his daughter, she is devastated by her father’s inability to commit.

Once again turning to Wrestling, Randy soon discovers that this aspect of his life is about to drop him as well, for his body is now a broken and shattered husk. Randy also finds comfort in the Cassidy (Marisa Tomei), a stripper who like Randy is ageing and soon, she will need to rely on other incomes.

Even so, Randy continues to fight, against the recommendation of his "friends" and doctor and just when you thought a glimmer of hope still exists for Randy, things once again come crushing down, living for his fans only.

Although a very impressive movie, it is also quit depressing and dark, however brilliantly acted by all involved, director Darren Aronofsky truly creates a modern epic of the fall of man.

It's Rocky for the 21st century!

Special Features:
 
  • Within The Ring - A behind The Scenes Documentary
  • Interview With Mickey Rourke





 
 



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