Boxing has never looked more painful.
From the biographical tales of Vinny Pazienza, Miles Teller takes on the lead role in a biopic that is sure to have you wincing in your seats, as you see the boxing mongrel recover from a career debilitating injury to a world-champion in less than a year.
Though the plot is filled with triumphant bravery and ambition, it does at times seem to lag in parts, almost making it seem anticlimactic and predictable. And while the acting talent is rife, but not necessarily popular, even the likes of Aaron Eckert and Miles Teller cannot save this film from its deplorable production which makes the two hour feature film feel like a life sentence that will never end.
Director, Ben Young, may not have the best editing team to boast about, but the design team, at the very least, have nailed the medical props needed to create the films authenticity, without making the sets feel overly complex. From the Halo brace worn by Teller for a vast majority of the film, to the props placed in his room following the procedure that aids his recovery, the credibility of the props remains very much apparent and relevant throughout.
This film is unlikely to win any awards and yet, nonetheless, there is some hidden gems within this biographical adaptation that almost makes you forget about what seems like a buffering plot.