Two Fists, One Heart (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Two Fists, One Heart
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.
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.
Audience Reviews for Two Fists, One Heart
This story should be called an Australian Rocky. Daniel Amalm and Jessica Marais were all good in their roles, however Rai Fazio and some of his mates could do with more acting lessons. And the boxing scenes are fantastic that reminded me of the past boxing movies.
Anthony Argo (Daniel Amalm) is a handsome Italian boxer and nightclub doorman. He is trained by his father Joe, a veteran boxer who has brought his Sicilian values with him to Australia. He meets Kate and begins to question many of the foundations of his upbringing; in particular the role that violence plays in the resolution of conflict. This is not just a fight film, it's also very much a tale about a father and son and the conflicts faced. I found it interesting in that it's written by a former boxer Rai Fazio who plays Nico "The Bull" Mancini. He's a boxer of Sicilian origin and the story is set in Perth Western Australia. Two Fists, One Heart lacks in originality but it more than makes up for that with pure conviction and emotional drive, a determination to entertain with an emotionally satisfying, evocative tale about masculinity, responsibility and aggression. I thought the boxing scenes were most realistic also. Luved it! "What, you trying to tell me that two guys trying to knock each other's heads off isn't everyone's idea of entertainment?"
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