Director: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Running Time: 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Writer: Jonathan Jakubowicz
Releasing Date: 26 August 2016 (USA)
Stars: Robert De Niro, Ana de Armas, Ellen Barkin
Genres: Action, Drama, Biography
PLOT: Roberto Duran remains the greatest lightweight boxer in history, and one of the most celebrated fighters, period. But unlike such legends of the ring as Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, or Mike Tyson, he never had a very idiosyncratic boxing style. He didn’t dance, or rope-a-dope, or use his fists like a Mack truck. He was a paragon of classic quickness and power, a bruiser who wasted no time going in for the kill.
“Hands of Stone,” a Duran biopic that lifts its title from his fists-of-fury nickname, has a tone that very much mirrors Duran’s mode of fighting. Directed by the Venezuelan-born Jonathan Jakubowicz, who also wrote the script, the film punches ahead in a conventional, aggressive, no-frills way. At this point, of course, the bar for boxing films has been set rather staggeringly high.
No one quite knew why, but it should be the job of a biopic to take a legendary event like that and reconfigure it into a dramatic experience, letting us see it from the inside. But in “Hands of Stone,” it is just one more incident served up with explosive yet rather unexciting neutrality. Check More Action Movies reviews and also give yours.