What you may need to know:
1. Billy “The Great” Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a middleweight champion at the top of his game. But as his life begins to fall apart, he risks losing custody of his daughter.
2. After dropping 30 pounds to play non-blinking sociopath Louis Bloom in Nightcrawler (2014) (and getting robbed of an Oscar nod by Bradley Cooper), Gyllenhaal gained 15 pounds of muscle for this role. You have to admire the guy’s commitment, but that ain’t healthy.
5. This trailer contains a little too much plot for comfort. I’m not sure if it’s much of a spoiler but it doesn’t look like we should get too attached to Rachel McAdams’ character.
6. Broadsheet Prognosis: 8 Miles to Rocky 5.
Release Date: July 31.
(Mark blogs about film, TV and other stuff at WhyBother.ie)