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'Fightville," you had me at "gladiator school."
An up-close but superficial portrait of aspiring MMA stars as they fight their way through the Cajun Country regional circuit.
Ms. Epperlein and Mr. Tucker have talent and resolve - they spent months shooting "Fightville," a commitment that's scarcely evident - which makes the movie's superficiality all the more frustrating.
"Fightville" feels authentic about this world, where success may be measured in wins, but the balance of unrelenting brutality and self-discipline needed for those wins is a trickier equation.
The filmmakers take a mostly effective Hoop Dreams approach in showing how young hopefuls test the limits of their abilities and their economic situation.
It doesn't seem to display much of a point of view at all.
Fightville takes the spotlight out of Las Vegas and shines it on southern Louisiana, taking a hard look at the grueling underside of MMA fighting through the perspectives of four dedicated men.
An exhilarating sports documentary and a levelheaded, piercingly intelligent treatment of a touchy subject.
The bumpy road to success as a mixed martial arts fighter is ambiguously investigated in this amateurish documentary by the directing/editing team of Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein.
A shrewdly observed MMA doc [that's] the equivalent of an unexpectedly delightful conversation with a potluck-seated dinner companion with whom you thought you might have nothing in common.
...not an investigative documentary but a celebration of a subculture which is aided by an excellent technical package...
Aside from illustrating the rigors of training, Fightville doesn't offer much else, other than a look at the small-time quality of this circuit.
Boring individuals talk about their aspirations to reach the top of a boring sport. Perfect to fall asleep to.
"We build better men."
A documentary that focuses on a group of young athletes in southern Louisiana as they work toward achieving their goals of becoming professional mixed martial arts fighters.
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