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Resurrecting the Champ
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04.08.2008 By: Sturdy
Resurrecting the Champ order
Director:
Rod Lurie

Actors:
Samuel L. Jackson
Josh Hartnett
Teri Hatcher

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A struggling sports writer meets a former boxing champion and decides to use his story to further his career. Things quickly spiral out of control and heís finds himself faced with moral decisions that impact everyone around him.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
First, RESURRECTING THE CHAMP is not a sports movie. Donít let another obnoxious marketing decision from Fox sway you one way or another in seeing this film. This is a movie about a journalist and the decisions writers of all levels have to make and the repercussions they have to live with.

The movie attempts to analyze the mind of a struggling writer and the lengths he will go to in order to make a name for himself. Itís definitely a good subject, but one thatís tough to pull off without a good story and some great performances. The story is a little more simple than the filmmakers made it out to be. The writer got duped by a guy too naÔve to realize the implications of his lie. He also relied too heavily on a research assistant whose best quality seemed to be the size of her breasts and not her research ability. It was an amateur mistake from a second rate writer.

All of this could have been shown a lot better. Instead, the story gets convoluted quickly because the filmmakers decided to show the writer as a liar and a jerk (at times). Then they added subplots with his wife, kid and dead father. All the while, the writer is being played by one of the most emotionless and expressionless actors in Hollywood. I actually like Josh Hartnett, but he should stay away from roles that require him to act anything other than aloof or detached. We really needed someone that could pull off a wide range of emotions and Hartnett wasnít up for the challenge.

I did enjoy Samuel L. Jacksonís performance as the hapless bum. It was definitely a different role for him and I think he did a great job with it. The film itself was only average. It had some plot holes and unexplored themes that kept it from realizing its potential.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary with Rod Lurie: Rod is an interesting guy and I liked his father-son angle on the film. I liked that angle, but again, I didnít think Hartnett pulled it off. Whatís most impressive with this is that Rod actually calls himself out on the film and points out things he could have done better. That was incredibly refreshing. He keeps the pace up and makes for one helluva commentary.

Featurette (4:24): A four-minute featurette is barely worth the time invested. There are some very quick interviews with the cast and crew. Itís ok and is better than nothing, but I wanted more. This felt more like a commercial.

There are also some Previews
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Overall the movie is very average, but it could have been better with a stronger performance from Hartnett. If youíre not familiar with the story, then you may enjoy this one, but only as a rental.
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