Randy is a lonely professional wrestler pushing 50, who can now only look back on a once glorious career. These days, regional exhibition matches have replaced screaming headlines in sports magazines, and when he starts to have health problems, The Ram knows he’s at one of life’s major crossroads.
Mickey Rourke delivers honest, natural and heart breaking performance in this movie. He and other characters makes the audience feel drawn into this world of wrestling. But this movie is much more than just about wrestling, it also flows like a haunting portrait of loneliness. But as for the ending, I felt like it was left incomplete. It's the performances that made this movie for me.
Simple but generally effective character study told with an economy and uncluttered focus. The performances are well judged and the pervasive air of melancholia is sustained almost throughout and helps smooth over the odd hackneyed moment.
Great to get lost on a well-beaten track. Not just 'the ultimate man film' as FHM has it, but a humane story told uncompromisingly with great acting. Watch it for the hard hitting grit, watch it for the beautiful honest characters.
A real tale of burning the candle at both ends, and the romanticism of sacrificing for passion. The heart of the protagonist drags even the most disinterested viewer into a realm of compassion and care, a good example of humanist film making.