|Cast: Hilary Swank,
Director(s): Clint Eastwood
Genre: Social Drama
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This was my favorite movie of 2004. Anat & Saw it and loved it. The Story, the acting the direction...the entire package was top notch. Eastwood, Swank & Freeman were AWESOME and they had great chemistry together on screen. Although the movie ends very dark and upsetting, I knew that this would sweep at the oscars from the second it ended. A must see. If you are an Eastwood fan, this is arguable his best yet.
Now I REALLY want to see this movie!
Very good, but not sure if I would've given it best film. All the leads, especially Freeman, were outstanding (even though he kinda plays the same character in 'Shawshank Redemption' - but it's a good character nonetheless).
If you haven't seen it
...BIG TIME SPOILERS.....
I kinda saw where the movie was going, but I have two questions.
The evil, 'dirty' boxer who suckerpunches Swank and is involuntarily responsible for her spinal injury - this boxer has a history of being dirty -
isn't she financially resposible for Swank's well-being afterwards? (Like Bertuzzi?) I guess the boxing commission covers it, and the movie continues with Swank's story cuz to follow the dirty boxer would be another movie.
Also, the assisted suicide at the end - can Eastwood just walk in there and do that? Aren't there laws for that sorta thing? The doctors will find out that her life support was removed and that she was injected with adrenaline, no? Even if that's what she wanted, you can't just DO it. Am I right?
But anyways, the Eastwood character disappears afterwards, and again, these issues are for another movie.
I only ask because everything in this film is very believable, so I wonder where these tangents would lead in real life.
Still, a very moving picture, one of Eastwood's best.
Remember Morgan Freeman on The Electric Company?
(Second from left, top row)
Let me start off by saying I thought this movie was excellent, I thought the actors' performances were excellent, I thought the direction was excellent...
Despite that, I didn't like it.
Particularly the message of the end. When the going gets tough, the tough give up? There are some fights you can't win, so it's better to cut your losses and not even try? Like, what the fuck?
I understand that life's like that - believe me, nobody knows better than I the sting of defeat, yeah? But shit... the whole thing left me feeling very depressed.
Anyhow, definitely one of Eastwood's finer films.
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