I first would assume that any real serious boxing fan would know the story of this movie even before it entered the cinema’s. I not being one didn’t know about either of the brothers portrayed by Mark Wahlberg, and Christian Bale.
Two half brothers both live very different lives, but still remain close to each other. One the older a drug addict, the other the so called disappointment of the family, but really is the glue that holds their family together. Without the younger the family would most definitely be on the streets or in prison. Due to his money making form taking stepping stone matches the family survives, and uses other small time jobs to patch the family together to keep going.
Christian Bale plays the perfect drug user, and failed adult who once hit the big time, and lives off of his legend. Mark Wahlberg also play his role as the timid, insecure younger brother who thinks he is a failure due to the way his mother treats him.
We see a real life family come to life in this movie, with plenty of sisters backing their mother up at any second threatening anyone who might be a threat to the money their boxing brother makes. It really show how people in life will use their very own family members to make sure their family has money, and they do not really have to do anything for it apart from treat the family member like a piece of meat.
An altercation with the police see the older brother go to prison, which helps the older brother sit in prison without his drugs, without the beer he is used to. He comes out clean to find some changes had been made, and you will have to find out what those changes are. So go see the movie, and see how the two brothers turn out.
Not the best movie in the world, but it defiantly is a fly on the wall movie into a boxers life, and into how a fallen legend spends his life.