Movie Monday - Southpaw

Welcome to Movie Monday. On a Monday I pick a movie from the ones I've watched in the last week, and highlight what I think is the film's memorable moment.


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"Am I OK? Am I OK?"







Memorable Moment -  This is an intense movie throughout, but one particular scene left me in floods of tears. Rachel McAdams plays Maureen, the wife of boxer Billy Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal), and on an evening out she gets caught in the crossfire after Billy gets into a brawl with another pro fighter. What comes next is in my opinion one of the best death scenes ever - it is very well acted, acutely emotional and heartbreakingly realistic. 

As Maureen clutches her gunshot wound, she asks Billy "Am I OK?" That was the moment I burst into tears. For me, that seems so genuine - I could imagine that question being asked in real life, if someone had just suffered a fatal injury and yet they are still conscious. That's the saddest part of this scene - Maureen is alive, covered in blood, coughing up blood, saying she wants to go home, for a long few minutes. All the while Billy is crying for help and talking to his beloved wife, asking her to hold on. Both Rachel and Jake, two superb actors, give outstanding performances here. It's absolutely devastating to watch, and is a scene that stays with you long after the movie ends.


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