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Trailer Review: Foxcatcher (2014)

The hunter becomes the hunted.

A new teaser trailer is online for director Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher. The film has been getting rave reviews from critics at Cannes and it is easy to see why.

The film is based on a true story and it has a script written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman. It stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo as the real-life Olympic Wrestling Champion brothers Mark and Dave Schultz. They make a deal to open a new wrestling academy funded by eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell), heir to the du Pont Chemical fortune. Things quickly go sour though when du Pont murders Dave and Mark has to seek justice for the crime.

Steve Carell is almost unrecognizable as du Pont and it is cool to see him play a darker character. Channing Tatum also looks convincing as Mark Schulz and the actor stated that his role was “the hardest acting challenge I’ve had to date.” Both actors are taking on challenging roles and trying to become more versatile which is to be commended. The film also has a good supporting cast including Vanessa Redgrave, Sienna Miller and Anthony Michael Hall.

The teaser trailer features some cool scenes between Mark and du Pont as du Pont decides to coach him. Mark wants to be the best wrestler in the world and du Pont promises to make him the best. There is something sinister about du Pont and this comes across clearly in the trailer. Viewers may get the feeling that poor Mark is making a deal with a man who is not to be trusted. This adds a fair bit of tension to the brief teaser which is most welcome. The trailer has great music too which increases the tension and feeling of unease. Plenty of boxing movies have been made in Hollywood and it is nice to see a film about wrestling for a change.

Foxcatcher will be released in the US on November 14th, there is no UK release date yet. Check out the trailer and share your thoughts.

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  • Hey Sam! I can't attach a feature picture to this post, is it something to do with my permission access on the new system? Best, Tom
  • Hey Sam, it's the new system, I'm just trying it out for my latest podcast episode with Greg Lucey and I'm trying to attach a picture - it uploads the picture and then says I don't have permission to attach it :(
  • Hi Tom, I'll look into this today. I think I already know what the issue is. It's because the media being uploaded is not associating itself to a post ID. Thank you for being my test dummy. At least this creation dialogue is working!!!
  • Hey Sam, I've tried again just now still the same issues I'm afraid :( I'd also look at the text editor I'm not sure if the texted/front is properly formatting at the moment (there's big gapes in the spacing, front size). If you want to jump around inside my draft and see what's what please do! I think I am going to use the legacy editor to upload today, but we can work  on testing and refining the new editor together :) Best, Tom

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