Bennett Miller (Moneyball, Capote) directs this drama based on the shocking, dark, true story of Olympic wrestling champion Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum). Schultz is guided by multi-millionaire, and manipulative would-be mentor, John du Pont (Steve Carell) in a hellbent attempt to rise above the shadow of his successful brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo). John du Pont's "coaching" style pushes Mark to breaking point, leading to a self-destructive spiral that breeds tragic consequences. Co-stars Sienna Miller and Vanessa Redgrave.... More
Schultz was critical of the film's depiction of the relationship between himself and du Pont, despite it being based on his own memoir and Schultz serving as a consultant during its production. Apparently largely upset about critics mentioning homosexual overtones, Schultz later apologised, tweeting "#Foxcatcher is a miracle. I'm sorry I said I hated it. I love it".
Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Director, Best Actor (Carell) and Best Supporting Actor (Ruffalo). Foxcatcher was oddly snubbed for a Best Picture nomination, making it the first film to be nominated for Director but not Picture since 2008's The Diving Bell and the Butterfly - back before the Best Picture category was expanded to include up to 10 films.Hide
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BY Tony Stamp Flicks Writer
I went into Foxcatcher unaware it was even based on real events, let alone how strange those events were. As the film ended and I realised it was a true story I was both delighted and dismayed. It had all seemed so awesomely weird, and I realized some sad version of this had actually happened.... More
It’s a chilly movie, slowly paced, observing proceedings from a safe distance. The one source of warmth emanates from Ruffalo’s wrestler David Schultz, the only really likeable character. Steve Carell and Channing Tatum get the most screen time, and they do excellent work from under their prosthetics. But both can feel a bit like caricatures, while Ruffalo feels like a real human being.
Tatum plays David's brother Mark, a fellow wrestler who's overtly at war with his own demons, while Carell is frankly terrifying as multimillionaire John du Pont, who offers to fund and coach Mark's attempt at Olympic glory. It's Carell's biggest swing at Serious Actor status yet, and the way he keeps du Pont unhinged and unknowable is a big part of what makes Foxcatcher so compelling.
Unlike me, there's every chance you already know the outcome. Director Bennett Miller mines it for all it's worth, and as the film grinds to its conclusion it's almost sickening. But it's difficult to tear your eyes away from a film this precisely rendered, a deeply strange true story as fascinating as it is disturbing.Hide
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BY JackWallace superstar
Carell, Tatum and Ruffalo knock it out of the park. Steve Carell, almost unrecognizable as John du Pont, gives a transformative performance. Carell's done serious before, but not like this. He's creepy as hell. Channing Tatum's outstanding dramatic turn as Mark Schultz transcends his previous roles. Mark Ruffalo is excellent as Mark's older brother Dave. A great screenplay by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman. It's a horrible, bizarre and very sad story. Foxcatcher is incredible.Hide