Saturday, 10 January 2015

Grudge Match

UK Release Date: January 24th 2014

A pair of aging boxing rivals are coaxed out of retirement to fight one final bout -- 30 years after their last match.

Director: Peter Segal (Get Smart, The Longest Yard, 50 First Dates)

Starring: Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, Jon Bernthal

Neither Sylvester Stallone or Robert De Niro have anything to prove in Grudge Match. It's basically Rocky vs. Jake La Motta, except the lack of blood, sweat and tears. Instead, we're left with family turmoil, years of bitterness (mainly from De Niro's Billy 'The Kid' as his and 'Razor' Sharp's last fight ended in a draw) and mild drama. There's not many laughs to be found, but when they do come they are rewarding; Stallone and De Niro's first meeting is memorable, and thankfully the serious parts are too. Kevin Hart is annoying as usual, but Jon Bernthal brings quality when Grudge Match needs it most.


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