Bleed for This

2.5 Stars

Boxer Vinny Pazienza (Miles Teller) is getting his career back on track after a few losses by moving up two weight classes, when a car crash breaks his neck. Doctors tell him that he’ll be lucky to walk again, but Pazienza is determined to do more than that – he’s determined to fight again. Bleed for This is based on a remarkable story, but it’s proof that a remarkable story doesn’t inherently make for a good film. The film is fine telling a surface-deep story, and in doing so fails to really dig into what would motivate someone to come back the way Pazienza did in real life. This is a failure more of the script than the acting; Teller has shown time and time again an ability to dig into a character, but it’s hard to dig deep into nothing. As much as Bleed for This has the potential to stand out as a film, it ultimately falls in line with your average boxing movie.

Bleed for This • Rating: R (for language, sexuality/nudity and some accident images) • Runtime: 116 minutes • Genre: Drama • Cast: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Ciarán Hinds, Ted Levine • Director: Ben Younger • Writer: Ben Younger • Distributor: Open Road

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