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Resurrecting the Champ 2007

Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family...

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"Resurrecting the Champ delivers an enthralling, one, two punch but it's just shy of a knock out."

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RESURRECTING THE CHAMP
director: Rod Lurie

PG-13, 111 minutes, Yari/Phoenix


At the beginning of this decade, director Rod Lurie released back-to-back films in 2000/2001, the sure-fire debut The Contender, and a solid drama with a good cast called The Last Castle. Wherever he has been over the last six years, I must say that I am glad to see him back in the director's seat for Resurrecting the Champ, a film based on an article written by Eric Kernan Jr., a columnist for the Denver Times that was better known for his dad's famous broadcasting accomplishments than his own work. Josh Hartnett plays the struggling writer, who is looking for a big breakthrough story to catapult him into something bigger, if for nothing else than to capture the recognition to become a better role model for his son than his father was to him. By a stroke of luck, he stumbles into a late-night encounter on the streets with a homeless man beaten to the ground. Old and war-torn, with his face displaying indentations galore, the man takes some money from Kernan and the two seem to then head in another direction, but Kernan must know why the old man keeps reffering to himself as "The Champ". It seems that he is, in fact, Battlin' Bob Satterfield, the boxing legend who some 40 years ago nearly reached the title of #1 in the world. Believed by pretty much everyone to be dead for decades, Kernan sees this as his own "title shot" to journalist stardom, so he becomes inseparable with the man to get his story.


Samuel L. Jackson is simply great as "The Champ" as he effortlessly plays a character over twenty years his age with genuine talent, as he always brings to anything he's doing. He and Hartnett work with each other well, and although the film hits some low times with bits of sidetrack sappiness, it is mostly strong because of the lead performances, plus Alan Alda and Kathryn Morris fit in nicely to their roles. Lurie once again shows he can direct a film with a good amount of both swift movement and moments to let it breathe. I was with these characters all the way, even if not at the level I was expecting. In the end, I found myself entertained and very relieved it didn't bow out in the conclusion and go places it seemed like it could have. It's definitely not worthy of the sub-par reviews and poor box-office numbers it has received so far.
Resurrecting the Champ
Featuring: Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Hartnet
8.3

Resurrecting the Champ is a great movie of remarkable simplicity. The plot is incredibly easy to figure out, but the subtle unspeakable drama overpowers any weak spots. Although the twist is a little obvious I think Samuel L. Jackson presents one of the best performances of the year. The directing helps the pace and the writing helps the plot in sluggish areas. Not recommended, to be honest. Unless it's Jordan, who favors these underdog flicks. But someone like Max would gag at this. A love or hate film that struck a chord with me.


Entertaining enough, though I kind of expected more...
*** (out of four)

Nice, though somewhat predictable, story about a newsman who discovers a former boxing champ living on the streets. Well acted, and less obvious than the similar "The Soloist", it does manage to leave an impression.
Resurrecting the Champ has to be the best action movie since when? A drama movie like this stretches beyond anything. For a true story, the movie's storyline seems like a movie's catch phrase: Go the extra mile, you just might get help in your life. The movie ras really good.
Josh Hartnett and Samuel L. Jackson are terrific in this outstanding drama performance. The cenimatic style of this movie lets the audience know that when you go the extra mile, you find strange and bizzare things that are good. Truely one of the best performances in a movie I have ever seen. This movie is coming to DVD and video soon, so stay tuned. When it comes out, watch it, it is really good.
Outstanding performance by Josh Hartnett and Samuel L. Jackson. This movie was really good. It had actionous scenes all in it and for a drama movie, it sort of turned into an action movie. The unxepected, that's what I like about movies. I would reccomend this movie to you.
Not too bad but I did find it rather boring. The acting is good, as is the story but I just never got involved in the film, it never drew me in. It lacks spunk.
Greetings all! Amidst all of the drama with my laptop crashing, I did manage to watch a couple of movies...found them rather cathartic oddly enough.
MOVIE REVIEW: Resurrecting the Champ


"Thanks for ruining Christmas."
And then usually follows it with asshole, or something equally witty.


OK seriously, was this movie supposed to have been thrilling, scary, or otherwise something to catch you off-guard? I wasn't impressed. Also, everytime you see Wes Bentley interviewed, I just think he's gone a bit batty. He's over-dramatic and his choices of roles (We all remember "American Beauty", Satan's spoiled child in "Ghost Rider", and this little gem) just makes you wonder what goes on in that head of his.


No real suspense, just added gore, and really silly chase scenes. Oh yeah, and a big-ass rottweiler..that pretty much sums it up.

Stay tuned for the next round. I'm most likely going to get "There Will Be Blood" done, and perhaps one more before I have to get these puppies back so folks like you can rent 'em.


Later!!!




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