Bruised (2020)

Director: Halle Berry
Writer: Michelle Rosenfarb
Cast: Halle Berry, Sheila Atim, Adan Canto, Adriane Lenox, Danny Boyd Jr., Stephen McKinley Henderson, Shamier Anderson
Seen on: 18.6.2022

Jackie (Halle Berry) used to be a MMA fighter, but after a catastrophic loss, she has withdrawn, drinks too much and her life is generally in shambles. That’s when her mother (Adriane Lenox) suddenly shows up with Jackie’s son Manny (Danny Boyd Jr.). Manny had been living with his father, but he just passed away. Traumatized, Manny doesn’t talk anymore. Jackie is overwhelmed, but Manny’s appearance may just be the start for her to get back on her feet – and back into the ring. She starts training with Buddhakan (Sheila Atim) and slowly, slowly she and Manny become closer.

Bruised is not exactly great, I have to say. There are interesting moments here, but they get drowned out by a film that seems more interested in the misery and darkness than the rising above it, or fighting against it.

The film poster showing Jackie (Halle Berry) clenching her teeth covered by a mouth guard, sweaty and with a raised fist.
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