Bleed for This is the comeback story of a comeback story of another comeback story. Written and directed by Ben Younger of Boiler Room fame. Younger left Hollywood to go to Costa Rica for 10 years to find himself, during which time he did and also became a professional motorcycle racer (which by the way, will be the subject of his next film). Younger he wrote the script and didn’t accept a salary to direct the film so that it could go back into getting the film made … and what a comeback film for him it is!
Bleed for This is a comeback tale
Bleed for This is a biopic based on the comeback tale of a local Providence, Rhode Island boxer, Vinny Pazienza played by Miles Teller and an alcoholic, down-on-his luck trainer, played by Aaron Eckhart. The film starts out with Pazienza being a mouthy, barely there boxing contender who likes to starve himself so that he can make lightweight category (yes, ladies men do it too).
Pazienza, lives a life of fast ladies and fast boxing matches, but with no real “can we take this guy seriously outside of Rhode Island” success. Just as Pazienza is about to get another match after seriously losing one. He gets in to a car accident, which breaks his neck.
Warning, if you have any neck pain what so ever, watching this film will bring it all back…. the directing and acting are that good.
Instead of retiring from boxing, Pazienza refuses to give up. “If I can’t box, then there’s no point in living.“ While Pazienza is supposed to be healing, he instead starts training again in a fully fused neck brace with former renowned trainer to Mike Tyson, but now a has-been alcoholic, Kevin Rooney (Aaron Eckhart).
If I can’t box, then there’s no point in living.” See Bleed For This is an amazing comeback story.
For such a small film, the talent still gave their all to it and you could see the dedication throughout the film. Teller first lost 20lbs for the role to portray Pazienza as a lightweight and then re-gained another 30lbs and muscled up to portray Pazienza at super middle weight level. Aaron Eckhart shaved his head and gained 20lbs himself to portray trainer Kevin Rooney. The rapport between the two actors on-screen is reminiscent of Sylvester Stallone and Burgess Meredith of the Rocky franchise.
Bleed for This is laced with everyday inspirational one-liners that anyone can relate to. My favorite line of the film is an interview with Miles Teller as Vinny Pazienza and it goes somewhat like this … “People tell you it’s going to be hard to do, but then you do it and you see it wasn’t hard at all. That’s just something people say to stop themselves and to try to stop you from doing it.”
With a well-written script and superb acting by both Eckhart and Teller, this inspirational and at many times funny tale of triumph is a must-see in the theaters.