The Hurt Business (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

The Hurt Business (2016) – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The Hurt Business is a solid documentary about the rise of combat sports, specifically Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) in the United States.  Taking a look at a group of fighters in different stages in their career, the film skirts around the sport and leaves some of it’s more interesting stories on the cutting room floor.  For me I want to see a deeper dive into the dark elements of the sport – concussions, injuries and the what happens next after a career is over.  So on a surface level it’s a good watch but I feel there is a much darker version of this film to be made.

Best Bit: Behind the curtain

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: Anderson Silva: Like Water,  Tyson, Hoop Dreams

 


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Counterpunch – A Quick Capsule Review

Counterpunch – A Quick Capsule Review

Quick Review

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Counterpunch takes an interesting look at three boxers at different stages in their career – the pro, the Olympic hopeful and the up-and-comer set against the background of a sport whose popularity is on the slide.  It’s an intimate portrayal for sure that, excuse the expression, pulls few punches.  It’s a really interesting documentary and is backed up with opinions from some serious legends such as Sugar Ray , De La Hoya and more.  It’s one flaw is the lack of acknowledgement of MMA as a legit contender to boxing. This aside if you like combat sports this is a must.

Best Bit: It’s a Great Story

Buy, Stream, Avoid: Stream

If You Liked this Try: When We Were Kings, Rocky, Tyson

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Author: Phil Hobden