Published Sep 01, 2006Shadowboxer is a totally hateful and irredeemable film. Its violent, exploitative, misogynist and just plain stupid.
The bizarre story sees dying assassin Rose (Helen Mirren) and her partner/stepson/lover Mickey (Cuba Gooding Jr.) hired by an evil crime lord (played by Stephen Dorff) to kill his pregnant wife. Although they cold-bloodedly kill everyone in sight, Rose decides to save the woman and her baby, and they disappear to raise the child together as a family until their actions come back to haunt them.
Its a ridiculous plot and a horrendous script populated with horrible people. These actors are all famous for bad career choices but even so they should be thoroughly embarrassed to be involved in this project. The sex scenes between Mirren and Gooding Jr. are especially gross, and Stephen Dorff plays one of the most horrifyingly depraved characters I've ever seen on screen.
I have no idea how such a film got made, let alone got included in last years Toronto International Film Festival. (Th!nk)