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.
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But five stars for Mickey Rourke's performance, his amazing eye-sucking presence on screen and the overall idea of wrestling glamour, tan bodies and 80's hair metal. For me "the Ram" became one of the most memorable characters in cinema, actually.
i'm a big fan of pro wrestling, maybe its scripted or they faking it, but just like roger ebert said, when the hero hits the floor, its real. no matter how much they faking it, its always real in the end.
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.
More than being just the story of a wrestler facing retirement, this is about becoming old and facing the choices you made in life. Even though the film has a few easy sentiments that make it more accessible, they don't feel cheap, they actually touched me. Rourke acts very well, and is perfectly cut for the role. Life's a bitch, and then you die, so why not in the glamerous world you understand.