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FIGHTING = a remake of LIONHEART??? by COOP **UPDATED**

Posted on January 15th, 2009
Posted on January 15th, 2009


Definitely one of the best Jean Claude Van Damme arena fighting movies, “Lionheart” opened theatrically in 1990 and solidified the actor’s action star status.

The story follows Lyon Gaultier (Van Damme) who goes AWOL from the French Foreign Legion when he hears his brother has been killed. He stows away to America to find his widowed sister in-law and niece living in poverty. A smooth-talking huslter, Joshua (Harrison Page) talks Lyon into entering an underground fight circuit after seeing Lyon beat up a few street punks. Desperate to find money for his extended family, Lyon joins the circuit, quickly rising in ranks. Upon reaching the top, Lyon and Joshua discover just how corrupt the sport can be as they risk it all in one final fight. Meanwhile, the Legion has discovered Lyon’s location and dispatch two soldiers to capture him and bring him back for punishment.

I have warm memories of this film. It had some great action and a lot of heart-tugging moments with Lyon, his family and Joshua.

Fast forward to 2009.

A new trailer appears for a film called “Fighting” (not very creative, eh?), starring Channing “I can get by on my looks” Tatum and Terrence “I’ll never get to be Iron Man” Howard. I immediately noticed this film is either a remake or rip-off of “Lionheart.” To differentiate it from the 1990 film, it looks like they jettisoned the Foreign Legion and family aspect and added a love interest. That’s it. Too bad because that’s where “Lionheart” found it’s heart. So I’m going to assume that this film doesn’t have the heart of “Lionheart.” Just another boring Hollywood reboot, stripped of the qualities audiences enjoyed in the first entry.

**UPDATE** Here’s my review of “Fighting” (sort of)…

To illustrate, let’s compare the trailers for the films.
First “Lionheart.” Check out this hilariously cheesy trailer that completely misrepresents the somber tone of the film. In fact, it reminds me a bit of the “Fighting” trailer…

Now “Fighting”…

What do you think? Shallow remake or interesting Channing Tatum vehicle? I think you can guess how I feel about it.

-Coop

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