The Fighter

A formulaic boxing movie made utterly compelling by one man.

By Lee Isherwood | Last updated 9 February 2011

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Dicky Eklund (Christian Bale) is a former boxing hero that squandered his talents and threw away his shot at greatness.

Micky Ward (Mark Wahlberg), his half brother, is the struggling journeyman boxer who spent his life living in his brother’s shadow.

The fighter is inspired by the true story of two brothers who, against all the odds, come together to train for a historic title bout that will unite their fractured family, redeem their pasts and, at last, give their hard-lick town what it’s been waiting for: pride.

“A formulaic boxing movie that is made utterly compelling by a single turn from one of the most committed actors in the business.” – Little White lies

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