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June 6, 2014
This Monday sees the release of A Fighting Man on DVD. Written and directed by Damian Lee, it stars Dominic Purcell as washed-up boxer Sailor O’Connor, who is given one more chance for redemption as he steps into the ring to fight a hungry young fighter, played by Izaak Smith. It also stars James Caan and Louis Gossett Jr.
A Fighting Man is a boxing drama about a one on one fight that means everything to both combatants. It’s not an original device in Hollywood movies, but some films handle it really well. Here follows six of the best examples.
Neo vs Agent Smith (The Matrix)
The Matrix may be best remembered for gunplay, existentialism and terrible sequels, but the first movie’s finale came down to the one on one battle between Neo and Agent Smith. Neo represented the hopes of all mankind, and whilst Agent Smith represented the oppressive machines, the fight was as much about Neo’s personal battle with self-belief. Neo faces Smith, the previously unbeatable ‘agent’, but as they battle in the subway, Neo begins to beat Smith back, and realises that maybe, just maybe, he can win.
The tightly choreographed, visually impressive fight has now aged somewhat, but is still thrilling. When Neo gets the upper hand, it’s impossible not to feel a thrill of triumph. Neo’s victory appears hollow, but later on he realises his true potential, and he owes this triumph to the self-confidence he gains from his initial success in The Matrix’s iconic subway battle.