When you think of the best boxing films and compare those to this, it's just missing things (not the cliché training montage though). Some aspects of the plot seem underdeveloped. The running time of only 90 minutes hurts it. I hope they earnt their money back for Jennifer Beal's paycheck because she is hardly in this and any actress could have played her part. Gene Hackman is more of a secondary character, playing the lead's father. The plot moves in expected directions but maintains a certain enjoyable grittiness to it. Scrapes in for a 3/5.