ROCKY BAL­BOA (2006)

Boxing News - - The Life Times of Rocky -

THIS was Stal­lone’s shot at redemp­tion af­ter the aw­ful

Rocky V and though it’s daft, there are some touch­ing mo­ments as Bal­boa, run­ning a res­tau­rant named af­ter his late wife, re­vis­its his past.

Fa­ther Time is com­ing out of the op­po­site cor­ner in the shape of Ma­son Dixon – An­to­nio Tarver to me and you. He’s an unloved cham­pion in need of a chal­lenger and when a com­puter match-up, sim­i­lar to the one be­tween Muham­mad Ali and Rocky Mar­ciano in 1970, be­tween him and Bal­boa cre­ates in­ter­est, they end up hav­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion. The “age is just a num­ber” and “never give up on your dreams” sen­ti­ments are good ones, but as this film proves, a box­ing ring prob­a­bly isn’t the best place to con­vey them.

Box­ing re­ally hurts.

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