A supercharged bloodfest for mixed martial arts fight fans, The Smashing Machine is a blurry portrait of would-be American warrior Mark Kerr, a soft-spoken drug addict who performs astonishing acts of violence for big money.
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For me this was mostly interesting because of how it fits into Hyams's body of work. He cites this as a film that "changed" him as a filmmaker and you can really feel its influence when seeing how he treats violence and its consequences in his more recent action films.