Bleed For This tells the story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash which left him not knowing if he’d ever walk again, made one of sport’s most incredible comebacks.
Director Ben Younger has been rather quiet over the last ten years, though in saying that, he’s only directed three films in his career with his last film Prime being released in 2005 and Boiler Room in 2000. It’s good to see that actor Miles Teller is taking another serious turn, making one of the few actors who can both dabble in comedy and drama. Even though he hasn’t perfected his craft as of yet, he has already come a long way. He really portrays the struggle of his character recovering from a horrible car crash and maybe this stems from his own experience from being in a car crash.
The supporting cast in Aaron Eckhart doesn’t even look like himself and it was a double take before you even realised who he was. Teller is also supported by devoted father Ciarán Hinds, who’s as brilliant as ever. The performances by not only the supporting cast but by Teller were ultimately believable and the family environment strong.
There’s not much fighting, which is probably a good thing as the film focuses more on the struggle of Teller’s character has through his recovery. Yes, it may be a boxing film but at its core, it’s about getting back up when life has you pinned to the ground. It’s not the greatest of films but it is enjoyable nonetheless, especially coming from someone who knew nothing about Vinny Pazienza in the first place.