This movie is about the rivalry of two famous boxers: Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (Robert De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Sylvester Stallone). Back in the 1980s, each of the boxers beat each other once in a head to head match. There was supposed to be a rematch, but Sharp retired before it could ever happen. 30 years later, with the help of financial incentives and a few viral videos, the two boxers agree to a grudge match to settle things once and for all.
What I liked
I liked the modern-day references that made this movie realistic, such as having the boxers simulate punches for a video game, kids recording the videos of the fights on their phone and then going viral on YouTube, and the viral fights being featured on Sportscenter. The acting by Stallone and De Niro was great, not surprisingly. I thought it was funny how the boxers didn’t consider MMA a real sport. I also thought Sharp’s trainer was hilarious, and Kevin Hart was pretty funny in this movie as well as the fight promoter. I also liked that the grudge match actually happened and that there was a winner, instead of the fight being called off or some other excuse to consider it a tie as movies often do.
What I didn’t like
There were definitely some parts in this movie that were predictable, and the plot wasn’t completely different from other boxing movies. I also thought there were some unrealistic parts as well. It might never get old seeing Sylvester Stallone in a boxing movie, but at some point you need to question how realistic it actually is for a 67-year-old person to play a professional boxer.
Rotten Tomatoes Critics: 24%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience: 62%
My Rating: 4/5
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