Hurt Review: Halle Berry’s Netflix movie doesn’t deserve her talent

Halle Berry has long been a seasoned emotional performer, and the film does not necessarily reflect her talent.After Spike Lee’s debut Jungle Fever The only black woman to win the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1991, Berry has gone through different phases, genres and franchises over the next few decades of the business. Dramatic films often don’t seem to know what to do with her beauty, but the role of a genre that relies on her sensuality often undermines her other talents. swordfish When 007 Die Another Day I pinned her up, but didn’t give her much else to do her past stand-around in lingerie. X-Men franchise and loose DC Comics Catwoman Adaptation made her kick her ass, but dramatically asked her almost nothing.

There are some nicely complicated exceptions Cloud Atlas Tension in a closed room with call, But too often, Berry’s performance is better than the movies in which they were found.And Berry’s latest, her directorial debut WoundedIs another disappointing entry in her non-uniform filmography.

Her role in the Netflix movie as mixed martial arts fighter Jackie Justice is about to return to the MMA octagon, but Berry’s fragility and physical roughness are fascinating and striking. Berry’s eyes have always been her most expressive feature, and her reaction here draws the viewer to everything she feels: with her resignation from a competitive sport. Her fragility in a romantic moment during the subsequent unemployment and homelessness, her shock to someone’s return from her past, her determination endless training sequence. She finds Jackie — waits for it — Wounded Place it in the center and pour yourself into that part.This is a solid berry from John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum, And from the emotionally open berry Cloud Atlas, And suffering berries from Monster ball.. Jackie asks Berry to take advantage of the myriad layers of performance, and she takes us there.

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However, Michelle Rosenfarb’s script terribly underestimates her, relying on clichés after family trauma, sexual abuse, and self-loathing clichés. Wounded You will soon be the victim of an irreparable imbalance. The portraits of black life it depicts are so dependent on violence, abandonment, and cruelty that they are heading for attacks by failing to provide joy, self-awareness, or community.Berry nails what this script requires of her, but it does. so much At some point, Jackie is no longer a character. She’s a message about survival, which is the main story device of the underdog sports movie, Wounded It does not update or energize well-known formulas.

Jackie Justice is a former up-and-coming UFC star who ended a 10-0 run when he literally ran out of octagons in the middle of the fight. (This movie waits over an hour and a half to explain this self-destructive choice.) Four years after Jackie escaped from the match and left his career, she fell to the bottom of the rock. .. She lives with her boyfriend Desi (Adan Canto), a mentally and physically abusive manager, sick and drinks too much, and continues to have a feud with her lazy mother Angel (Adriane Lenox). She’s tired of people approaching her on the street and pulling up the viral video of the moment, and many interpret it as timid and tired of having no purpose.

There are two major life events that can bring Jackie back on track or end her dream. The first is to draw the attention of Immaculate (Shamier Anderson), the stylish leader of Invicta FC, the largest female MMA league. He believes she can make a comeback if she works hard enough, and he associates her with his top trainer, Buddhakan. (Sheila Atim’s best reading may be her deadpan. YearThe first time I saw Jackie at the gym. Meanwhile, Angel inadvertently throws Jackie’s estranged six-year-old son Manny (Danny Boyd Jr.) to Deci and Jackie’s front door. Jackie hasn’t seen Manny since he was a baby. Manny refuses to speak after witnessing the murder of his father. And Desi is cruel and impatient with this new addition to their lives. How will Jackie and Manny build a bond and how will Jackie resume his career?

WoundedThe answer is fairly predictable and involves knowing yourself, lowering the wall, and getting others inside. The text is unobtrusive, some scenes are very cruel and gloomy, and actually shout “for award review”. (One is Manny and Jackie crying and hugging in the middle of the street after hearing “Just the Two of Ass” playing in a corner stereo.)

But most performance is solid. Boyd is the moral compass of the film, with a thoughtful and responsive performance that does not require a speech to convey his conscience. Atim and Berry have an incredible match, the former showing familiar comfort with Stephen McKinley Henderson. However, with scripts that rely on despair as character development and darkness as world-building, it is difficult to identify the outstanding moments of these actors.

Jackie Justice (Halle Berry) faces her quiet son on a pizza that looks pretty rattling in the blues.

Photo: John Baer / Netflix

Probably the only way Wounded Attempts to make oneself stand out are by focusing on MMA. The sport’s popularity has steadily risen since the 1990s, with ESPN acquiring exclusive television rights to UFC games and beginning to regularly air headlining fight cards on Saturday night’s premier time slot in 2019. Since then, it has grown significantly. Including UFC President Dana White (who invited former President Donald Trump to various matches) and Conor McGregor (a recent series of legal issues obscure his uneven battle record). The appeal of MMA is also spreading the dislike of grabbing the headlines of its biggest star-like person.

MMA is a unique world of its own, a messy swamp of legally thrilling athleticism, and often a terrible treatment of fighters by their governing body.Mainstream audiences could get a glimpse of it in the 2011 Gavin O’Connor movie. Warrior.. WoundedPromotes the UFC as MMA’s top tier and features a variety of official logos and pictorials, but it does not question the organization’s (often suspicious) business practices and (sometimes racist) marketing tactics. is not.It’s a bit strange to see for viewers who are aware of those wrongdoings. Wounded In such a dazzling way, we present the wonders of the UFC.

Thinking about the UFC These two steps show Berry’s overall coaching approach. She has undergone legally severe physical changes to play a flyweight MMA candidate, but her visual approach often fails to capture the artistry of this sport. Her training montage. Both Jackie’s training gym in Newark and the final battleground in Atlantic City don’t feel like living in a real place and feel strangely small. Viewers do not sweat or taste copper blood in the scene they should be. Vivid and that moment.

Wounded In general, it doesn’t feel as immersive as a story like this demands. It wants us to walk with Jackie, experience her pain and victory and be with her, but it makes the journey from the locker room to the octagon immeasurable. Even the slightest dialback that Berry in continuously tragic mode commits himself would have made a difference, but as it is, the movie can’t land KO.

Bruised is currently available for exclusive theater release and will debut on Netflix on November 24th.

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