Bleed for This is a biopic of world champion boxer Vinny Pazienza, who managed to come back from a serious injury, despite everyone around him telling him otherwise. At the core of the story is Paz's relationship with is trailer Kev, who once was the trainer of Mike Tyson, but is now struggling with alcohol abuse. When it becomes apparent that Vinny isn't planning to retire, Kev secretly begins training him to rehabilitate Vinny's broken neck and prepare for a possible return to the ring.
Miles Teller is fine in the lead role of Vinny Pazienza, even though he is acting with his poor excuse of a mustache than anything else. That said, Bleed for This probably has Aaron Eckhart's best performance in years, which shows that he really needs to take more dramatic roles. There is also a notable performance by Ciarán Hinds as Vinny's father Angelo. While not quite on the same level as something like The Fighter, Bleed for This is still an enjoyable boxing biopic.
- Tuesday, September 13, 12:00 PM - Ryerson Theatre
- Saturday, September 17, 2:45 PM - Visa Screening Room (Elgin)