That Guy From G.I. Joe Steps Up to Fight(ing)

Well they sure aren’t beating around the bush with “Fighting”, huh? It’s a movie about a guy who fights people for a living, thus it’s called “Fighting”. You gotta hand it to them, they aren’t trying to be clever about what they’re selling. The flick stars Channing Tatum (Duke in the upcoming “G.I. Joe” and “Step Up”) as Shawn MacArthur, a street hustler who gets involved in the lucrative underground world of illegal street fighting thanks to Terrence Howard, who spots him beating the crap of some dude on the street one day. But the higher Shawn climbs the underground fighting circuit, the bigger the money gets, and so does the danger. Pretty soon, ol Shawn’s fighting for his life, while at the same time trying to pick up that Latina hottie on the side. Hey, a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do, right?

Small-town boy Shawn MacArthur (Channing Tatum) has come to New York City with nothing. Barely earning a living selling counterfeit goods on the streets, his luck changes when scam artist Harvey Boarden (Terrence Howard) sees that he has a natural talent for streetfighting. When Harvey offers Shawn help at making the real cash, the two form an uneasy partnership.

As Shawn’s manager, Harvey introduces him to the corrupt bare-knuckle circuit, where rich men bet on disposable pawns. Almost overnight, he becomes a star brawler, taking down professional boxers, mixed martial arts champs and ultimate fighters in a series of staggeringly intense bouts. But if Shawn ever hopes to escape the dark world in which he’s found himself, he must now face the toughest fight of his life.

Starring Channing Tatum, Terrence Howard, Brian J. White, and directed by Dito Montiel (“A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints”).

If you’re expecting a “Fight Club” type movie, I wouldn’t get your hopes up too high, kids. The film is Rated PG-13 despite how intense the trailer makes the fighting seem. Chances are, the violence will get curb by a mile before the film hits theaters. Still looks kinda good, though. If you don’t expect too much from a movie about street fighting, that is.

The fists fly April 24, 2009.