Billy Hope is the undefeated Light Heavyweight Champion of the World and has the world literally at his feet.  Brought up in the ‘system’ i.e. social services where he met his future wife, he has a fantastic lifestyle and a loving daughter.  All that changes one fateful night at a charity function where Billy’s world collapses and he heads towards a nervous breakdown.  His daughter is taken into care, he is declared bankrupt and becomes homeless.

Being a desperate man, Billy goes to the local gym ran by Tick Wills who had trained one of his opponents.  Tick offers him a job as he has to show social services he is trying to turnaround his life.  Reluctant at first, Billy begins to rebuild what he has lost and is then offered a chance for redemption.

Southpaw is one damn good boxing movie.  Jake Gyllenhaal acts his socks off as the fighter who has lost practically everything and is ably supported by the always excellent Forest Whitaker as Tick.  The fight scenes are superbly choreographed and brutal as hell with poor old Billy spending the majority of the film with a smashed in face due to the pounding he gets in the ring.

One of the best sports films for quite some time and a great film regardless, terrific stuff.

  • Starring Jake Gyllenhaal  Rachel McAdams  Forest Whitaker  Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson
  • Director Antoine Fuqua
  • Distributor Entertainment in Video