Fighting fit

2009-07-24 00:00

THE only new film in Pietermaritzburg this weekend, is Fighting, which joins the line-up at Cine Centre.

New York native and Sundance directing award winner Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) has long been on intimate terms with this complex American city and its intricate rhythms.

In Fighting, the writer-director weaves a tale of two men headed straight for failure, until they cross paths and realise they each have exactly what the other one needs for big success.

Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum, whose credits include Step Up and the upcoming G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) 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 Hustle & Flo, The Brave One and Iron Man fame) sees that he has a natural talent for street fighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making some real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership.

As Shawn’s manager, Harvey introduces him to the corrupt bare-knuckle circuit, where rich men bet on disposable pawns.

Almost overnight, he becomes a star brawler, taking down local opponents who come at him with a variety of skills.

But if Shawn ever hopes to escape the dark world in which he’s found himself, he must face the toughest fight of his life.



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