I am not a real fan of box actually. But I think this is the best film dedicated to this sport for sure. Christian Bale won the Oscar for the supporting role due to his perfect acting. Wahlberg was also very good. So the story goes like this and it is based on the true story of boxer "Irish" Micky Ward. He was trained by his older half brother Dicky Eklund, a former boxer who once won the legendary 'Sugar' Ray Leonard. But then he spent his life into drugs and he became irresponsible to his family and especially to his brother Micky. Their mother manages Micky for her personal reasons but she doesn't understand her son's needs. He will be in love with Sharlene, a young and passionable woman who will help him build his carreer. In the meantime, Dick will mess with crime and crack and he will be arrested. So Mick will have to choose between his relationship with his family who actually don't really help him and his girlfriend and new companions who will lead him to victory. A great story with excellent performances that lead into a specific atmosphere directed with simplicity and pure energy.