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Mickey Rourke is simply perfect for the role of Randy "The Ram" Robinson in this remarkable, visceral tale of a washed-up wrestling star. Comparisons to Rourke's own spectacular fall from grace are unavoidable: he turned away from a promising Hollywood career to become a pro-boxer, which resulted in facial injuries, poor plastic surgery and regular bouts of unemployment. All perfect research then for Darren Aronofsky's low-key, almost documentary-style film. The plot sees Robinson taking bouts on the local circuit to pay the rent, then having to reach out to the few women in his empty life after a heart attack forces him to retire from the ring. Cassidy (Marisa Tomei), a stripper, wants to be there for him but is torn by her policy on refusing to date clients, while his angry, abandoned daughter (Evan Rachel Wood) takes a lot more convincing. And still he keeps alive the hope of a final, redemptive comeback bout. It may sound dour, but Rourke gives the role a lovely, flaky humanity, and some unexpected jolts of humour - Robinson's first shift behind a supermarket deli counter is a deadpan delight - make this a brilliantly entertaining character piece.
An ageing wrestler who was a big star in the 1980s is now long past his prime. When a heart attack forces him to bring his already flagging career to an end, he struggles to make a life for himself, trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter and forming a relationship with a stripper. Darren Aronofsky's drama, starring Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei.
Cast & Crew
Randy "The Ram" Robinson
Evan Rachel Wood
Ernest Miller (2)
Violence, swearing, a sex scene, drug abuse and nudity.
DVD and Blu-ray
16 Jan 2009
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