Thursday, May 8, 2008


about: Resurrecting the Champ is a 2007 drama film directed by Rod Lurie and written by Michael Bortman and Allison Burnett, based on the L.A. Times Magazine article by J.R. Moehringer. It stars Samuel L. JacksonAlan Alda, and Josh Hartnett, among others. It was filmed in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

When up-and-coming sports writer Erik Kernan (Josh Hartnett) saves a homeless man from a scrap with a group of rowdy college kids, he unwittingly finds himself face-to-face with no ordinary bum, but the one-time boxing great Bob Satterfield (Samuel L. Jackson). What begins as a story resurrecting a once-great man turns into an incredible journey, and an opportunity for Erik to reexamine his own life, his relationship with his young son (Dakota Goyo) and his recently separated wife (Kathryn Morris).

my review: There hasn't been a good boxing movie since Cinderella Man but that wasn't really a boxing movie and neither is Resurrecting The Champ. Both movies are about the boxer and the struggle that is outside of the ring, not in it.

Samuel L. Jackson gives one of his best performances. At first I wasn't to sure when he showed up looking like his character from The Caveman's Valentine and spoke in a baby like voice. But then Jackson becomes this character and soon enough your not seeing him but seeing Satterfield.

From the trailer you might think the movie predictable but it is not. Just when you think a certain character is about to fall for another character something else happens. When the major plot twist is revealed its not exactly what you expected.

I thought I had this movie figured out before I saw it. But I was pleasantly surprised that I didn't.

my rating: 7 out of 10

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