Movie: Quick Review on “Southpaw” |Features 50 Cent, Jake Gyllenhaal and more

image “Southpaw” portrays a taut boxing yarn about a champ who loses it all and has to fight his way back to keep custody of his daughter, Southpaw sticks to tried-and-tested genre rules, yet an edgy cast –led by formidable leading man Jake Gyllenhaal –keeps the story in sharp focus. Director Antoine Fuqua has shown his talent for bringing out the shadowy side of nice guys like Denzel Washington in The Equalizer and Training Day. Here Gyllenhaal gets the makeover as a bloodied, battered but magnetic prize-fighter. Set for a late July release after its competition bow at the Shanghai Film Festival, it has the chops to draw the high-testosterone male demographic, but feels too macho-centric to cross over to the Million Dollar Baby crowd. An award-worthy Gyllenhaal is the main attraction.

Mauro Fiore’s cinematography favors a shadowy, black-on-black look that highlights only key parts of faces and the set. The action scenes are pumped up and the emotional time-outs smoothed over softly with James Horner’s score that ranges from moody to rap.

The Weinstein Company and Wanda Pictures presentation of a Riche production in association with Escape Artists, Fuquafilms had Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel McAdams, Forest Whitaker, Curtis ‘50 Cent’ Jackson, Oona Laurence, Naomie Harris, Rita Ora, Clare Foley, Beau Knapp, Victor Ortiz, Miguel Gomez and was Directed by Antoine Fuqua. Screenwriter Kurt Sutter did a great job.

Producers include: Todd Black, David Blumenthal, Steve Tisch, Peter Riche, Alan Riche, Jerry Ye, Antoine Fuqua and Kat Samick while Executive producers boared featured: Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Gillian Zhao, Cary Cheng, Jonathan Garrison, Kurt Sutter, David Bloomfield, David Ranes, Dylan Sellers, Ezra Swerdlow, Paul Rosenberg, Stuart Parr and David Schiff.

Director of photography; Mauro Fiore all with Production designer Derek R. Hill and Costume designer David Robinson did their marvelous inclusion. Editor John Refoua and Music man, James Horner also illustrated their great skill.
Casting:  Lindsay Graham, Mary Vernieu
The film has No rating and lasts 124 minutes. The movie was released late July, 24th 2015.

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