Directed by Antoine Fuqua
  • Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Rachel McAdams
  • Oona Laurence
  • Forest Whitaker
Screenplay by Kurt Sutter
Genre Drama, Sport


UK Release Date 24th July 2015


After losing everything he possibly could, including his wife (Rachel McAdams) in a tragic accident and his daughter (Oona Laurence) to social services, champion boxer Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal) has to rebuild himself and his life in order to get his daughter back.

Is The Plot Interesting?

The plot never really grabbed my attention until I saw the trailer because I thought, even though it gave almost everything away, that the trailer was pretty good. Once you get into the movie you do get engrossed in the characters and the plot.

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Is The Acting Good?

Southpaw has a great cast who all gave amazing performances. Rachel McAdams is really good in this movie, as is Oona Laurence. Jake Gyllenhaal gives one of his most powerful performances as a man who has lost everything but still continues to fight for his family.

Is The Directing Good?

The directing isn’t the strongest point in Southpaw, not by a long shot, but it’s good enough that you don’t notice it for the wrong reasons. Antoine Fuqua knew what he was doing with this movie and did a great job.


Is The Cinematography Good?

The way the fight scenes have been filmed in Southpaw makes them more effective. You almost feel as though you are the boxer in the ring and this gives the movie a slight edge in this area.

Is It Worth Watching?

I loved this movie which was unexpected because I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did. Go and give Southpaw a watch and see what you think because it might just surprise you.


I can’t lose my daughter. I’ll give you my everything.

– Jake Gyllenhaal as Billy Hope