Bleed for This review – a boxing movie that goes the distance

A serviceable comeback story with a committed performance by Miles Teller

Although it’s debatable whether we need another boxing movie, or whether there is anything new that can be added to an overcrowded genre, this serviceable true-life comeback story has a couple of things in its favour. Following Whiplash, Miles Teller continues his run of physically committed, brutally demanding performances. He is just as effective here in conveying the mindset of a man who pushes his body to the brink. The blue-collar Rhode Island milieu is nicely realised – Younger has fun with the jostling male egos by cramming boxing professionals into a child’s bedroom for a crucial meeting. And the dynamic between Teller’s character, Vinnie Paz, and his father (Ciarán Hinds) and trainer (Aaron Eckhart), a de facto father figure, offers up some meaty drama. Still, ultimately it feels a little like Seabiscuit with gloves instead of hooves.

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