"Jawbone" is the story of a former youth boxing champion, fighting back after decades out of the ring. Jimmy McCabe (Johnny Harris) is a man in search of hope but looking in all the wrong places. When he hits rock bottom he turns to his childhood boxing club and the only family he has left: gym owner Bill (Ray Winstone), cornerman Eddie (Michael Smiley) and promoter Joe (Ian McShane). Back in training, years after anyone thought he was a contender, he will risk his life to stand tall and to regain his place in the world.
The best Boxing film since Rocky?
- Jawbone review by MB
Johnny Harris and Thomas Napper have, in my humble opinion, created the best film focusing on the world of boxing since Rocky. I am not a boxer or am I particularly drawn to the genre but having seen Johnny's incredibly nuanced work in other film and television performances I was compelled to watch Jawbone. His portrayal of a tortured former junior champion, battling loss, booze and and an ability to control his inner rage is, in equal measure, both heartbreaking and inspiring. Backed by a cast of Great British talent, Michael Smiley in particular, and Ray Winstone ( whom I can only assume are in his speed-dial) this is a film that the likes of Southpaw set out to be but only suffer by comparison. A hard hitting, beautifully acted drama and I challenge, even the hardest of men, to keep a dry eye. If BAFTA doesn't give it a nod then shame on them.
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Better than I thought a boxing film could be
- Jawbone review by RC
While this is a "boxing" film it has a gritty realism which draws one in to the lives of the characters. Shot almost entirely in close-ups it is unlike any other boxing film.
Excellent performance from Johnny Harris in the lead role and magnificent camera work contrive to make this movie essential viewing. Ray Winstone playing well, Ray Winstone, is as good as ever. Movie holds the attention throughout. (Also nice song from Paul Weller as the credits roll).