ROCKY BALBOA (2006)
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.