Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Movie Review # 132 Harder They Fall (2005)
Director: Lee Cipolla
Writer: Lee Cipolla, A.J. Cipolla, Warren Christophel
Cast: Joshua Lamboy, Johnny Vieira, Rona Freeman
Rotten Tomatoes: 0% Audience
Netflix: 2.4 Stars
Martial Art's films that deal with tournaments or championships fall into two catagories. One is the undiscovered fighter and the other is the untrained. Either which way you end up with the same ending and that is they win. The same can be said of this movie as it follows this pattern perfectly. Sadly though it has a very definite problem.
There is no villain to route against as both Max and Jesus are misunderstood teens. One is heir to a great boxer and the other is the diamond in the rough. Neither of them are true villains as you see yourself liking both. Max because he is pushed to hard and has great expectations placed on him. Jesus because he is from the wrong side of the tracks and has the world take a crap on him.
About three quarters of the way through the movie. The script takes a flip as they try and frame up Max as villain and then just as quickly they pin it on his trainer. Talk about a step forward then a step backwards. It was at this point that I quit caring for the movie. As it is just a bad version of Rocky or The Karate Kid. Which is sad as the movie showed great promise despite its low budget feel and amazingly low brow sound effects.
Seriously I love hearing badly place sound effects like someone being hit, when on screen you see a whiff. It is classic funny and entertaining. Which is all you or anyone can truly ask for in a movie. Just do not plan on being engaged or enjoying the story. Because there isn't one honestly. Just sit back and enjoy the cheesy fights as that is what this movie is worth. That and Jesus's Grandma she is so terribly funny that I want a soundtrack of her badness! That is just wishful thinking.
My Rating 2 out of 5 Stars