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FIGHTING

Shawn MacArthur is a young man who scrapes up a living through hustling counterfeit merchandise in New York City. With a family tragedy in his past and his father keeping him at a distance, this outsider has little to motivate him. A chance encounter with veteran street-fighting coach Harvey Boarden leads to a whole new career for Shawn. He will fight to win, not only for the prize money but also the unexpected new relationships that are strengthening him.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: 18SG
Release Date: 4 Jun 2009
Genre: Action
Running Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Distributor: United International Pictures
Cast: Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Luis Guzman, Brian J. White
Director: Dito Montiel
Format: 35MM

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Watch this if you liked: "Lionheart", "The Karate Kid: Part II"

"Fighting" is a movie to which we would say 'been there, fought that'. There are already quite a number of movies using the plot of street fighting. Somehow, "Fighting" look suspiciously similar to Jean Claude Van Damme's 1990 movie "Lionheart".

The story of "Fighting" is about small-town boy Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum of "Step Up", upcoming "G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra") who has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard of "Iron Man", "Babel") sees that he has a natural talent for street fighting. When Harvey offers Shawn a shot at real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership.

How is fighting similar to Jean Claude Van Damme's "Lionheart"? Two white male leads with knockout looks go on to knock the socks out of some minorities and rock the ring out of some denim-based outfit. But your good-looking white guys with some extra hand-to-hand combat skills wouldn't know anything about making money on big city streets. That's why they need dark-skinned, smooth-talking street hustlers to handle them. Unfortunately, for our lean mean lead, their hustlers are setting them up against mountain-sized opposition. Why the oversized competition? It's because the hustlers are putting their money on the opponent.

Despite being named "Fighting", the film ironically contains very little physical brawling with regards to its 100-minute running time. It is weird to see that Shawn MacArthur could win fights without actually going into training and the short fighting scene at the beginning does not really convince the audience that Shawn is a capable fighter because it was almost not a fight at all but more like a chase.

Finally, Robert Munic and Dito Montiel's script confuses the audience with the many lucky moments Shawn MacArthur faces during his fights and the many awkward romantic moments he has with Zulay. We learn little about the characters until late into the film when their life stories seem to just be thrown around quickly to fill various plot-holes. While, the majority of the dialogue is just cliched and awkward, Channing Tatum also needs to stop talking the way that he always does in all the other films that he acted in previously.

Cinema Online, 31 May 2009
   
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U - General viewing for all ages
P13 - Parental guidance is advisable for children below 13 years old
18 - For 18+ with elements for mature audiences
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