Seet wraps up all the story elements with an economy that suggests a natural story-telling talent has been discovered.
The screenwriter, Rai Fazio, of Sicilian background, was a boxer from the age of four, trained by his father. So he knows what he's talking about.
| Original Score: 3/5
Boxer turned screenwriter Rai Fazio tries hard to create a father-son boxing drama based on his own experiences, but instead turns out a clichéd genre piece nicely shot with an edgy hand-held style
It's a familiar tale, but the performances are strong, particularly that of Fantastichini, and it's directed with real confidence by Shawn Seet. The film delivers.
Two Fists, One Heart is an audacious, big-hearted genre piece; it punches above its weight at times, but by the final rounds of its inevitable denouement, it's firing on all cylinders.
With his deftly applied yet unassuming sense of style, Seet has given us one of the most polished Australian films to come along in some time.
| Original Score: 4/5
Brandishes the type of confidence, commercial appeal and clarity of vision all too seldom seen in Australian cinema. We should be producing movies like this 10 times a year, not once in a blue moon.
An admirable achievement, really impressive on all levels.
The themes are universal, and the simple (but not simplistic) story is delivered with considerable verve by debuting director Shawn Street and an ensemble cast that makes it zing.