Director: Halle Berry
Writer: Michele Rosenfarb
Cast: Halle Berry, Sheila Atim, Shamier Anderson, Danny Boy Jr
Bruised catches Jackie Justice (Halle Berry), an MMA fighter, at her lowest, after a match with an opponent has all however ended her profession. She’s now a has-been, a wreck – alcoholic, liable to panic assaults and emotionally unstable. Life is harder exterior the cage than inside it, and the one manner ahead is a return to it. Normally a boxing film – a style Bruised carefully approximates – takes nearly all of is runtime to cowl this defeat-retirement-comeback arc; Berry’s first movie as a director does it in quarter-hour. What looks as if a welcome new variation in a drained film style seems to be like an issue looking back. With solely the large struggle in the long run, the remainder of the movie turns into one lengthy wait, hardly ever rising above the cliches.
The movie attracts its newness from Jackie’s miseries and traumas – from her six 12 months previous son being dumped on her, after her ex husband dies, to her unresolved problems with sexual abuse as a baby – however these carry with them their very own cliches. The setting of underground MMA event is an attention-grabbing one nevertheless it might have been extra immersive. Everything has a this-is-happening-in-a-boxing-movie type of matter of factness, with out the self consciousness.
There’s a self-reflexiveness in this kind of underdog sport movie that has attracts washed-up film stars to show administrators. Berrie is affecting and versus the male boxing film, there isn’t any huge ‘physical transformation’ – MMA requires a extra athletic physique sort; her energy as a fighter is extra understated: she likes to take the opponent to the bottom and end them. The sports activities choreography is at greatest environment friendly however environment friendly simply doesn’t make the lower anymore; Berry’s fights don’t turn into a manifestation of her psychological damages.
Rather, a few different characters make extra of an impression. Her coach Buddhakan makes for a distinction along with her temperamental, white ex boyfriend; she is a black homosexual girl who has discovered her zen calm by means of meditation. Or Jackie’s mom, a little bit of a wreck herself; she hadn’t been an incredible mom, however she is making an attempt to make up for it in her personal manner. The ending means that Bruised is concerning the small wins and perhaps that’s the best way to have a look at this film as effectively.