This movie had me hooked pretty early on. Usually, I'm not a super big fan of the mockumentary style, but this was so incredibly well-done. It felt fully believable - usually, I find movies like this to be a little too manufactured and unbelievable. Money Fight, however, is raw and totally believable.
Partially based on the Nth Room incidents that spawned from the dark web in South Korea, this film follows four friends who ditch their 9-5 jobs to try and make it big in underground fighting. It's fascinating to follow the four main characters, but their competitors are probably the most interesting. The off-the-cuff interviews and "promo" videos with the characters are great. You hear their motivations for why they fight, and it's usually for terrifying, hubristic reasons. Like, the one Russian girl who says she just "likes violence" or the character Eunick who talks about how she wants to deform people and imagine they're her mother.
That's not to say that the main characters aren't interesting, though. Our lead is James, who starts off cool and calm but slowly starts to get caught up in his own desire to fight and makes a few missteps. When one of the four gets into a brutal fight and wins at the cost of his physical wellbeing, it's a really sobering moment. The stakes from that point onward were totally raised, and the tenseness doesn't end until the end of the film. It's intense and wild to watch each of the leads either start to lose their drive or get way too caught up in the frenzy.
The fight choreography is absolutely fantastic, too. The movie is filmed as if you're actually watching dark web live streams of illegal underground fights. That being said, the footage is taken via iPhone most of the time. This really makes the fight footage feel gritty and realistic. Plus, you can tell that the fighting is legit and that these are real, capable fighters who know what they're doing. You can't really fake punches with camera set-ups like that - I mean, I'm sure some of it is faked because if not that would be insanely dangerous, but it LOOKS fully real and that's what matters. I had seen James Boss's other movie, White Wall, which had solid action too, but I think the way this is shot definitely shows off his fighting skills (and the skills of his co-stars) more effectively. I found myself legitimately cheering everyone on and bracing myself when they would get thrown to the ground and things like that.
If I were to have a complaint, I'd say that the movie was a little long. Even then, though, it's well-paced and pretty tightly edited. There really isn't a boring moment, so it's easy to stay pulled in, even if you're a little attention-deficit like I am. Definitely a must-watch if you're a fan of fighting at all, or if you're interested in seeing a unique kind of action/fighting film.
Action / Comedy / Drama
Action / Comedy / Drama
A group of friends want to escape their mundane 9 to 5 jobs. They decide to document their lives as they search for an underground fight club that exists in the dark web. They put everything on the line for money, respect, and friendship. But when is the point of no return? A film that documents life's struggles and the bonds that come with it.
Uploaded By: FREEMAN
July 26, 2021 at 04:25 PM