In New York City, a young counterfeiter (Channing Tatum) is introduced to the world of underground street fighting by a seasoned scam artist (Howard), who becomes his manager on the bare-knuckling brawling circuit.
Fighting follows the pattern of ‘I’m going to pound your face in’ movies that we’ve been swarmed with lately. You know the plot, the main character doesn’t really want to fight, but is forced to… and there’s a girl involved, there always is (Zulay Henao).
Terrence Howard is the crooked character who introduces Harvey Boarden into the world of underground fighting in NYC. He’s crooked, but ends up caring about Harvey and … as usual… ends up befriending him and learning a bit about himself along the way.
Sure, the movie isn’t too original, but its actually pretty decent. I think the way it moves along really helped the movie out, there wasn’t a lot of downtime in it, which is nice. The fight scenes are really well choreographed and props to Cung Le .. on of my favorite MMA fighters, who was really good in the film as a bad-ass.
Channing Tatum is solid in this role of bad boy Havey Boarden, and he’ll be a superstar in Hollywood one day, possibly when G.I Joe hits the screen soon.
Fighting has a ton of action, that is well scripted and not ridiculously phony like most movies. Credit to the production team for doing this properly.
What’s good about it?
The fighting, the action, the locations around NYC.
What’s bad about it?
There’s not much else in the film but fighting.
You’ll Like It If
If you like Red Belt, Never Surrender, Kickboxer etc … you’ll enjoy Fighting.
Reminds me of
Better than I thought, with a higher than average display of fighting scenes and action that carries the movie along nicely. Conisdering the fact most girls have a serious crush on Channing Tatum, you’ll have no problem dragging your girlfriend/wife to the film.