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This is a cheery little tale of teen violence, domestic abuse - and boxing. Rapper/actor Ashley "Bashy" Thomas plays a promising young boxer whose biggest fight is with the fear that he will grow up to be just like his abusive father (
David Harewood). Dad is a vicious criminal psychopath who is in jail for murder, but the tentacles of his influence still reach out to enfold the family. Thomas makes a decent fist of his role, and there's solid support from the ever-dependable Peter Mullan as his trainer and Harewood, who hams it up shamelessly. Technically,
The Man Inside
is well made, too, but it's so mired in overwrought melodrama that, while it packs a few punches, it fails to deliver the knockout.
A criminal's son lives in constant fear that he will turn out like his abusive imprisoned father. A boxing gym offers him a sanctuary from his past and the chance to safely release his aggression, but he faces a constant struggle to keep his violent impulses in check. Drama, starring Ashley Bashy Thomas, David Harewood, Michelle Ryan and Peter Mullan.
Cast & Crew
Ashley "Bashy" Thomas
Kaleidoscope Film Distribution Ltd
Violence, swearing, racist language.
DVD and Blu-ray
20 Jul 2012
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