Boxing has never been a sport that liked me too – if I want to watch two men giving milk in a ring, I prefer to opt for Wrestling, but I can’t think any other rivaling it in relation to their contributions to the seventh art. The most recent movie that aspires to join the list of gems like Raging Bull (Martin Scorsese, 1980) or Million Dollar Baby (Clint Eastwood, 2004) will be Bleed for This (Ben Younger, 2015), with Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller as major players in the function.
Based on the real case of Vinnie Pazienza, a young promise of boxing he suffered a serious injury in his neck after a traffic accident and decided to train despite contrary orders from the doctors. Needless to say his return to the ring was quite successful. Teller, who has become one of the most popular Hollywood actors thanks to his presence in titles such as Project X (Nima Nourizadeh, 2012) or The Spectacular Now (James Ponsoldt, 2013), give life to Pazienza, while Eckhart, that soon we will watch in I, Frankenstein (Stuart Beattie, 2014), be construed to his coach.
Bleed for This arises from the personal engagement of Ben Younger, responsible for the estimable Informant (Boiler Room, 2000), who has written the script and is also responsible for the staging. It also has support in the executive production of Martin Scorsese, someone who can surely give you at least one couple of tips on what has to be done so that the sequences in the ring have strength and credibility.