I love Jake Gyllenhaal, most in Nightcrawler tied with Broke Back Mountain. Source Code? Again, great due to the sincerity he pours into every role.
Now,(clearing of the throat) he does do the same top notch performance, but dog gone it, could someone have given the script more nuanced characters? Are we really going to reduce scripts to cardboard cut outs: pig headed boxer, doting boxer’s wife, malicious boxing manager?
Again, clearly Jake Gyllenhaal threw himself into this role. I just wish there had been more to hang his boxing gloves on. Forrest Whitaker was the shining star as the boys’ gym trainer. Mr. Whitaker was able to whip up meringue out of the cotton candy dialogue. Bravo Sir.
Enough said. As promised, no spoilers.