Resurrecting the Champ (DVD, 2008)
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New York Times - Stephen Holden (08/24/2007)
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- shortdom107Feb 18, 2010by
not his best
knowing how good of a actor samual jackson is he is a all time legend but after watching this film i just thought def. not his best film ever.
- reds_rendersMar 24, 2008by
This movie deserves more attention
For those of you use to films by Rod Lurie, this movie will take you by surprise; in a very good way. I much enjoy Rod's films, and I did this one as well, but not for the reasons that I normally do. I have grown accustomed to his sharp whit and snappy screenplays as well as the fluidity of the cinematography. Resurrecting the Champ delivers all that, but in so many ways it was better than the Lurie movies I have learned to love. I think it is because Rod puts his heart into this film.<br><br>In the technical sense, the film is well directed and edited. The cast is spectacular with solid performances by all; including Alan Alda and Samuel L. Jackson. The characters are very believable and no one actor overshadows another. The film has balance. The movie is well paced and does not confuse the viewer. But what really makes this film excel is that Lurie leaves his comfort zone of the political thriller and really directs a movie that touches all viewers. This was a great risk for Rod, but it paid off because it resulted in a movie that will no doubt become the part of many film libraries.<br><br>While this move is set around a newspaper and boxing, this is really a movie about fathers and sons. It embraces the understanding that we are not all perfect and that it is OK not to be. It dwells at the dilemma of what fathers must do when their children find out that they have flaws, and the pressure sons have to live up to the heroics of their fathers. This is the kind of film that you will go and see and then talk about for hours afterwards. I have to wonder if Mr. Lurie is giving both his father and his son a gift with this film. I cannot wait for it to come out in the theaters so that I can take my sons to see it.Read full review
- bmaalOct 9, 2008by
Another great movie with Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett is not bad but I had sometimes the feeling he was playing his first movie. Great story upbuilding. You really have the feeling it is all true. A bit over the top with the father and son stuff,but for the rest a good movie.
- jguerrero2099Jun 26, 2010by
I like it
I had great time watching the movie, I love the rise and intensity that a movie can give and this one brought it.
- tatersalad8498Dec 8, 2009by
Resurrecting the Champ
this movie was criminally overlooked.....Samuel L Jacksons' performance was absolutely amazing !....Oscar worth in my opinion....this was not the typical over the top delivery most are accustomed to seeing....a very complex and immense character....<br>.......the rest of the cast was outstanding as well....simply a very well acted movie...all performances were very believable...the type of movie that absorbs and enthralls you for its entirety.......<br>........can't say enough positive things about it