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Resurrecting The Champ
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Reviewed on 2007-08-22
Received[3.5]  out of 4 stars
GenreDrama / Sport

Leaving Resurrecting the Champ I felt relieved by this movie. I was beginning to think all the films recently were aimed at target audiences and not at families as a whole. This is the first movie of 2007 to change my way of thinking. Starring Samuel L Jackson as Champ, a boxing legend who has now become homeless and is living on the streets. Josh Hartnett is Erik, an aspiring journalist looking for his big break and an opportunity to escape his father's glory as a renowned sports reporter. Erik rescues champ from a group of kids who are harassing him, later learning he is a champion from the boxing ring. Realizing what a great story he has found, a famous boxing champion falling from the ring into the streets. Erik decides to run with this story and begins interviewing the former champ. Champ reveals secrets of his life, his boxing secrets and the story of his current survival.

While Champ is surviving on the streets, Erik is trying to survive in his relationship with his family. Erik and his wife are currently seperated and it is obvious it is not Erik's choice. It becomes increasingly hard for Erik to have a close relationship with his son, Teddy (Dakota Goyo), especially when not living with him. Coming from a broken family and a father who abandoned him, Erik is determined to do everything he can to avoid this. The more he meets with the champ the more empathy we have for this poor man. Everyday is a struggle for him, and it seems as if Erik, the reporter is his only friend and alli. As the bond between the two grows we see a brilliant story develop through Erik's eyes. However this story does have a twist.

Champ's story and this movie are equivately masterpieces. The storyline was well written and directed. Aside from a few slow moments this film kept my interest. Samuel L Jackson has an amazing performance in this film. I felt as if I was watching a documentary in some points when he was telling of this boxing days. Josh Hartnett has a remarkable comeback in this film. This film comes highly reccomended. This is one for everyone in the family, from mom and dad to grandma and grandpa and even the kids. This is a genuine and sincere film that will have you cheering Champ on. Take the family out and cheer him on, too! 3.5 out of 4 stars

Review By: Jolene Mendez

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