Is this a documentary? I honestly struggled to take the film seriously because there are such glaringly obvious blunders throughout that are difficult to look past. The details simply do not hang together, possibly due to poor editing, but either way it does not feel unscripted. What killed the film for me, aside from the fact it was pitched as an Alfred Hitchcock style thriller and turned out to be a handful of nothing, it was the trio making the film. They are irritating beyond belief, so I can’t engage in their story because I simply don’t care about them.
David O. Russell directs this big screen biopic of boxer Micky Ward and the various conflicts within his family during his rise to fame. What really kept this film glued together is the central performances. Mark Wahlberg is fine in the main role but it’s the supporting performances from Melissa Leo, Amy Adams and Christian Bale that add depth to the film. I admit I’m not really interested in sports or boxing films but this is well directed and successfully managed to grasp my attention. It’s not Million Dollar Baby by any rate, but it’s a solid piece of film.