Old But Not Gold
Film: Grudge Match
Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kim Bassinger
Directed by: Peter Segal
Duration: 1 hr 52mins
Rating: * *
Recently we saw Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger come together in Escape Plan but the movie turned out to be so-so. Now the prospect of two actors like Stallone and De Niro together in one film that too with a boxing story (Rocky vs Raging Bull) is also exciting but unfortunately it doesn’t go beyond that hoopla.
The basic outline of two aging rival boxers coming out of retirement has some promise as far as the story is concerned but the screenplay is very ordinary and has too many clichés.
Stallone plays a retired boxer named Razor (whatever happened to normal names? ) and his one time rival was The Kid (De Niro). They won one match a piece during their previous encounters and now Razor is in need of money so he is coaxed by a promoter to have a deciding match even though both the boxers are no longer a part of the sport.
Kim Basinger plays Razor’s love interested who cheated on him by having an affair with his rival so there is emotional drama in it as well but it doesn’t hold any value.The story appears very artificial with no depth to speak of. The point about family bonding is a drag and even the boxing match doesn’t hold much interest.
The only reason you might want to watch the film is because of the two lead actors. And if you do, make sure you stay till the end credits roll, the best part of the film, a cameo, is during the credits.
Published in The Navhind Times on 12th Jan 2014