Director: David O. Russell. Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Melissa Leo, Mickey O'Keefe, Jack McGee. 115 min. Rated R. Sports.
One of the most exciting and humanistic boxing movies ever - so yes, it's comparable to Rocky. The fact that it's based on a true story makes it even more exhilarating. Wahlberg makes the huge mistake of going head-to-head with the acting powerhouses of Bale, Adams and Leo, and as a result, the three overwhelm and crush him into virtual non-existence (what was he thinking?). I cannot imagine any contender this year for Bale's ultra-narcissistic supporting actor role. He's a solid bet for an Oscar.
(Trivia: Sergeant Mickey O'Keefe plays his real life role as Wahlberg's boxing coach.)