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.
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.
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.