Southpaw shows Jake Gyllenhaal rarely puts a foot wrong – as seen in the recent Nightcrawler, here as Billy Hope, a boxer who fights his way to the top, only to find his life falling apart around him.
Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen, Training Day), Billy Hope (Gyllenhaal) is has a fancy house and a loving family, and despite his career, his wife Maureen (Rachel McAdams), pleads for him to quit so he can spend time with his daughter Leila (Oona Laurence). He announces his retirement during a party, but when Maureen is accidentally killed during an altercation with another boxer, his world falls apart. When he loses Leila to child protection services due to his destructive behavior, his last hope is returning to the world of boxing with the help of trainer Titus “Tick” Wills (Forest Whitaker) in order to reunite with Leila.
Also starring Rita Ora, Naomie Harris, 50 Cent and Victor Ortiz, this is a definite must-see.
Oh, and “southpaw” is a boxing term that designates the stance where the boxer has his right hand and right foot forward, leading with right jabs, and following with a left cross right hook. It is the normal stance for a left-handed boxer. The corresponding designation for a right-handed boxer is orthodox, and is generally a mirror-image of the southpaw stance.
Southpaw is released in the UK on July 24th.
Check out the trailer below and click on the poster for the full-size image:
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