(When you see it, you’ll shit bricks. Image courtesy of FilmDrunk.)
You thought Never Back Down was hardcore? Bro, you have no idea. FilmDrunk gives us the heads-up about another sure-to-be-amazing MMA-related movie in production, which is called, simply, Fighting. No, it’s not about professional mixed martial artists working their asses off to break through in the most demanding sport on Earth, because how boring would that be? It’s about an underground fight league, and it stars a pretty-boy named Channing Tatum. Dig the plot synopsis:
Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur (Tatum) has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard
*) sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting**. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making the real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership.
As Shawn’s manager, Harvey introduces him to the corrupt bare-knuckle circuit, where rich men bet on disposable pawns***. Almost overnight, he becomes a star brawler****, taking down professional boxers, mixed martial arts champs***** and ultimate fighters****** in a series of staggeringly intense bouts. But if Shawn ever hopes to escape the dark world in which he’s found himself, he must now face the toughest fight of his life.*******
* I was surprised enough when Djimon Housou signed on for NBD. How did they convince the Oscar-nominated Howard to play a street hustler in a teenybopper fighting flick? Was he worried that he was becoming too well-respected?
** "Ay mayn, I saw the kimura-lock you put on that crackhead. You could go places with that shit."
*** No they don’t. This "underground fighting circuit" fantasy has been portrayed in countless movies, at least since Lionheart, and it needs to end. We have above-ground fighting circuits now, and they really exist, and they’re awesome.