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Hands of Stone

Hands of Stone
Starring:
Robert DeNiro and Edgar Ramirez


Rated: R for language throughout and some sexuality/nudity.
Reviewed by: Dave  
Release date: August 26, 2016 Released by: The Weinstein Company

Hands Of Stone presents a false narrative from the very beginning skimming over important facts leaves us with a work of fiction. This essentially sucker punches what could have been a truly entertaining boxing film. The story is jumbled, and doesn't follow a meaningful, and coherent timeline. This no masterpiece like Raging Bull is not even in the same universe.
 
Duran as one of the greatest boxers of all time won the world championship in four different weight divisions. He fought 119 times with 103 wins and 69 knockouts in five different decades. Hands Of Stone really dwells on one fight, his forfeit loss to Sugar Ray Leonard in 1980 where he supposedly said "No más", which Duran has always denied. Again - where lies the truth ?
 
These rags to riches type films always leave out the best stuff, which is usually the most important, but that doesn't stir an audience. Robert DeNiro as trainer Ray Arcel might have made a  compelling film, with a much more interesting story. Hands Of Stone is all dressed up, with nowhere to go. 
 
The overbearing music, and cheesy dialogue also brought it down another notch. To capsulize Hands Of Stone watch the scene from Rocky 2 where Mickey (Burgess Meredith) has Sylvester Stallone chasing a chicken. It's like this movie, all over the place.

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Hands of Stone        C   C-               B   C+ 

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