Friday, June 10, 2011

Rigged (2008) (aka Fight Night)

Boxing promoter in the underground fight game runs across a young woman with the power and ability to take out men twice her size. Hooking up, they begin to make inroads into the fight game until the past and emotions begin to spin everything sideways.

This fight drama is an okay little film. Its flashy low budget and independent attempts to spice things up (there are distracting titles as to places and times-how many times is it New Years Eve?) never really amount to very much. This is a run of the mill little film who's dreams out distance its reach.

Normally I'd stop there and say that its worth seeing if you run across it but you didn't have to search it out. This time however I'm going to do something different and say that if you want to see a really good performance and what is sure to be an early performance by someone who is sure to be a big actress see this film. Rebecca Neuenswander who plays Katherine Parker, the fighter, is amazing. She gives a performance that is assured and radiant (even when she's getting punched in the face). She is haunting in away that few actresses are. In all honesty I was ready to give up on this film early on but then there was this small young girl beating the snot out of this much bigger guy in an alley and I was hooked. Talk about making an entrance. Amazing. She has a fantastic screen presence something very few actresses, even established ones have. If she is can continue to get interesting roles and hopefully something that will get her noticed I think she'll be huge. Then again if she can be arresting with this mediocre script odds are she?ll be able to make her own luck. She is an actress to watch. See this for Rebecca so that in five years you can say you saw her when...

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