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If you've ever wondered what might have happened to Job if he had a strong left hook, "Southpaw" may be the film for you.The rapid descent of light heavyweight champ Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) in Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama is of biblical proportions. This being a boxing film, redemption is as much a certainty as a training montage. An avid boxer himself, Fuqua has pushed the pugilist parable even further. Much has already been made of Gyllenhaal's bulking up for "Southpaw," and it is indeed impressive.For better or worse, the fight scenes of "Southpaw" almost feel more like a pay-per-view stream than a movie.The solid acting, led by Gyllenhaal and Whitaker, liven up the cliches, and Fuqua's deep affection for the sport gives the movie a brisk, entertaining earnestness.
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