How's my Luck now?

Reflections, views and descriptions during my stay at IIM Lucknow from July 2004 to March 2006

Location: India

Thursday, March 10, 2005

'Million Dollar Baby'

I watched this multiple-Oscar-winning film a few days ago on the computer, with the gang here. Directed by Clint Eastwood, it stars Eastwood, Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman. Eastwood is a boxing trainer of known ability. Swank comes to him to try to train for boxing under him. Eastwood denies her outright, as he doesn't train girls. But Swank is extremely determined and keeps coming to his gym and practising. Eastwood has an estranged daughter, and seeing her image in Swank, he ultimately takes her under his wing. At the same time, Swank has got an ungrateful family, so the relationship needs are mutual. Morgan Freeman runs the gym along with Eastwood. Freeman was himself a famous boxer who trained under Eastwood, but after a serious eye injury which led to loss of one eye, he left boxing. Eastwood blamed himself for this incident and has now become risk-averse in sending his boxers to fight at the world stage. Swank ultimately makes a name for herself by boxing extremely well. She challenges the WBA world champion in her weight category. This fight is dirty and although she eventually wins it, the erstwhile champion gives her a blow to the head from behind, which knocks her out cold. She is admitted to the ICU in a serious condition. She becomes wholly disinterested in life because of her family's behaviour and ultimately, Eastwood removes her life-support system in an act of euthanasia.
The film is shot very well and the acting performances are quite good. All the same, I don't understand how Freeman could get a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for a role which gets very little time in the film. Eastwood impresses even at his age.


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