totally comfortable with a film full of vulgarity, a bitter tone full of resentment, hurt, loss and
possibly,not even a chance at self redemption. And even with all of these traits, Tyson,delivers a
movie that depicts the harsh realities of addiction, fame and self worth in a such an impressive
tale, it's hard not to love its melancholy.
The film starts with Tyson's very first championship bout against Trevor Berbick. As it
continues, you see the sheer brutality of Tyson's trademark brutality. He decimates Berbick in
the first round and becomes the youngest person to win the Heavyweight championship. This is
significant, because it a type of foreshadowing, completely raw in how depicts what is supposed
to be Tyson's road to success, achievement and security. The sick irony is that it does the
complete opposite. As film goes on, you see a descending path of darkness, one that is arguably
something Tyson is comfortable with. He calmly, eloquently and truthfully details the events of
his life to the extent the audience builds either a deep sympathy for him or an admiration about
the self awareness he has now about the way his fame as a boxer helped propel his near
destruction, pushing the road pain, a question of self worth and unadulterated rage that he would
continue use while fighting. He also remarks on something that would be completely disturbing
to the average person and fascinating to a few, that being the mindset of going in and inflicting
bodily harm on another human being. When he was partaking in this barbaric chess, he loved it,
the thought of punishing another human being and crushing his soul gave all the motivation in
the world to step in that ring and almost always a psychological edge over his opponents.
When you truly watch this film, you come to either two conclusions. That Tyson is a manic
depressive animal that is bordering on being a psychopathic sociopath. Or you come to the
understanding that he is a misunderstood individuals who flirted and has been enamored with
every considerably every dark facet of life and has a deep awareness of his circumstances and
responsibilities in coherence with those circumstances. This film does him justice in that aspect
and should be appreciated no matter how dark or unfortunate the narration is.
-- Nick Borne
Would never start a fight, but love channeling that intensity, power in the boxing ring. (Cosd'amato)
High expectations to be the Heavy Weight Championship
Feeding the fire feel the flames. watching constantly old boxing matches, ferorisity, dedication, character, in the greats (Ali, Marciano, dempsey). Having the right people at your corner, manager/guardian and woman. "Burning like a Good Humor in July"-
The anticipation and yearning to put "leather on face" with every punch. celebrity champion from around the world, meeting leaders and parades held for him, merchandising and advertising.
Having a fighting mindset to punch so hard it goes right through their head. Speed and accuracy of the devil. My job was to hurt people. As soon as I come in the in know how to defeat them psychologically, feeling the leather piercing through my knuckles, I know how to defeat them, closer to the ring the more confident, godly and unbeatable, all eyes on the opponent. Waiting for any small mistake, capitalize and break their spirit. Undisputed greatest fighter mentality.
Uncontrollable urges, away from the camera and in control in front of the camera. Champion in the ring, unstable out the ring personal life, unbalanced atmosphere, hectic, beastly, chaotic, his domain, his control, his expectations.
Defeats came with being unprepared, overconfident, untrained and his personal lifestyle got to him. - first loss to Buster Douglas
Downward spiral of mentality with the loss of wife, manager, and rape allegations. Hard to trust again.
lost faith in god, treated badly in prison, challenged how tough guy he really was. The derrangement, insanity, going through his mind. Went from extreme Muslim use of hatred to the world to more humble islam.
Found inspirations in Mao and Che, got tattoos. Different atmosphere, more hated, feeling paranoia, lashing at people. Regained title to loses it again.
"Leaches" of whom surrounded him, money loss and indorsements etc. Blacked Out- I don't remember,
Undisciplined fight uncontrollable urge of insanity to hurt- holyfield vs Tyson 2. (ear biting).- loss his boxing license.
they call me trash, let them call me trash, I'll be a angelic trash.
Relentless, won't be knocked down
We are like mercenaries we need that money, when we need to throw down we throw down.
Mike Tyson vs Kevin McBride- loss & retirement
I don't have it in my stomach anymore, I am not an animal anymore, tired if fighting.
Addictions & void.
He had incredible skill & was an undeniable power force in professional boxing but his character & personal life has a bit to be desired for.
By the end of it I was so frustrated with its format it just didn't help you connect with him at all. Maybe good for the fans but ultimately nothing much.