Synopsis: Matty Burton is the middleweight boxing champion of the world. Now, coming towards the end of his career, he knows that he must make his money and get out of the game. His aim is to secure a home with his wife Emma, and a future for their baby daughter Mia. After a titanic battle against Andre 'The Future' Bryte, Matty returns home to Emma, but moments later collapses on the living room floor from a delayed reaction to a devastating punch. When Matty awakes from the coma, the real fight begins. Suffering from memory loss and with his personality altered, Matty must begin to piece his life back together as his world disintegrates.
Genre: Drama, Sport
Director(s): Paddy Considine
  6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

'The real deal. The real deal, that.

'The champion.

The champion wife of the world.'


'Hang on, hang on.'

'Mission accomplished.

'Mission accomplished. Number one.'


'Go away.'


- 'Three, two, one, go!'

- 'Cheese.'

'Matty Burton!'

Hey, you.

Hey, you, Mimi.

Yo. Yo, Mimi.

How you doing? How you doing?

Eh? All right, beautiful?

Yeah. Where's Mama?

Where's Mama, eh?

It's all sticky. Yeah, it's all sticky.


Daddy have some of your toast?

Have some of Mimi's toast? Daddy eat it?

No? Daddy gonna eat it.

Eh? Daddy can't eat any of your toast.

I got boobies.

I've got to get rid of my boobies.

- I've got bigger boobies than Mummy.

- Oh, is that right?

If Daddy keeps that talk up,

there'll be no booby off Mummy for a month.

- Oi, come here.

- What?

Come here.

Get here.

Thank you.

- I love you.

- Good.

After this fight, I'll take you out

somewhere nice to eat.

Sounds good.

Anywhere you wanna go. It's your choice.

We can go to Nando's.

- Berni Inn.

- Wow!

- Harvester.

- You spoil me.

You deserve it, kid.

Matthew! Mia's right there. It's a bit weird.



Come here, baby.

There you go, look. Let's turn you around.

This is so wrong!

Don't look at Mummy and Daddy.

You watch the birdies, look.

There you go.


Matty, you lost your father recently.

He was with you in the corner

for your first 33 fights.

What difference will it make

when you walk to the ring?

Will his thoughts be in your head?

Yeah, definitely.

I'll fight in honour of my father.

You know what?

No disrespect to his pops an' all that,

but it wouldn't matter

if he was here or not, he'd still lose.

Every single person

who goes against me goes down,

regardless of who's in his corner.


You should show Matty more respect.

Respect for what? What's he done?

His father was part of boxing folklore.

Surely that's wrong.

All right, go on.

What do you wanna say about your dad?

It's, er... It's fine.

I'm just so grateful

that before he passed away,

I was able to bring the title home

and also I've got a beautiful daughter.

I'm just glad that he was able

to hold her before he left us.


Has that given you extra motivation?

It's another person in my life to protect.

It's just that extra bit of fire.

Having that bit of extra motivation

is gonna help me.

This is his most important fight.

It's the most important fight

of my life, apparently.

Matty, you're fighting Andre The Future.

This is billed as "The Future Is Here".

Do you feel like you've been written off?

If it's all about the future,

the past is gonna bite him on his arse.


This guy's losing all the time,

and he won this on a default.

It's my duty to go out there and defend it.

He's never been better.

He knows he didn't earn it.

He is not the true champion.

I might not be the best technical boxer,

but I'm the world champion.

A true champion defeats his opponents.

They don't pull out because of an injury.

He's not a true champion.

It will be interesting to see

who's around him

after he loses on the 22nd.

I'm gonna knock him out, take that belt home.

We're gonna dance on his grave

and celebrate his life.


Go on, Matt. Go on!

Shall we wrap that up?

Thank you very much for coming down.

- We'll see you fight night.

- Come on, Granddad!

This belt is mine.

Last time you're gonna feel that belt.

Hey, look at me.

What are you looking at them for?

Look at me. You ashamed to look at me?

You want me to look you in the eye?

I'll look you in the eye. There you go.

I'm gonna take your head off.

This is a life-changer for you.

Understand that. It's a life-changer.


You're not asleep, are you?

Eh? You're wakies.

You're wakies, eh?

Ah, my baby.

My baby girl, eh?

What's Daddy gonna do?

What's Daddy gonna do, Mimi?


Eh? Shall I whup his arse?

Eh? Shall I smoke his boots?

Shall I? Shall I take him

into the deep water and drown him?



I love you.


You've tinkered, haven't you?

You've tinkered, haven't you?

Yeah, you smelly bum-bum.

Come on, let's change your bum.


Slow-mo. There, there, there.

- Feel it?

- Yeah.

There's the shot. Relax on it.

There he is.

Sit down on those hooks.


There he is. There he is.

Spring back in with that right.




Another one in.

Exhale. Nice and slow.

Slow it down. That's it.

Come on.

Been eating Mimi's treats?

It'll come off in the bath.

Let's go. Eight.

Sharp stuff.

Three, four, five, relax.

And now to the scales, the WBO

middleweight champion of the world,

Matty Burton.


11 stone, 4 pounds.

Matty! Matty! Matty!

Yes! Come on!


'Andre, your best chance

'is because he's, according

to you, over the hill.'

'The best of him is gone,

but I could beat the best of him.

'What is the best of him? Please tell me.

'The best of him ain't touching

the lowest of me.'

'From my point of view, Steve,

look, this fight is about experience,

'and he's never gone in deep in his career.'

'You're going down.

It's a life-changer for you.

'I ain't lost a single fight, right?

I've had 18 fights, 16 knockouts.

'He's a sluggish fighter.

Just stands there, takes beats.

'What's there to fear or respect?

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Paddy Considine

Patrick George Considine (born 5 September 1973) is an English actor, filmmaker, and musician. He has played a number of dark, troubled, and morally or mentally ambiguous characters. Considine frequently collaborates with director Shane Meadows. He has starred in supporting roles in films such as 24 Hour Party People (2002), In America (2003), My Summer of Love (2004), Cinderella Man (2005), Hot Fuzz (2007), The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), The World's End (2013) and Macbeth (2015), and leading roles in A Room for Romeo Brass (1999), Dead Man's Shoes (2004), The Cry of the Owl (2009), Blitz (2011), Honour (2014) and The Girl With All The Gifts (2016). Considine came to prominence in the early 2000s with a string of performances in independent film that prompted The Observer to describe him as "the best-kept secret in British movies". In addition to leading and supporting roles in Hollywood films, he has acted in independent British films and television shows such as The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (2014). He wrote and directed Tyrannosaur (2011), a film based on his directorial debut, the 2007 short film Dog Altogether. He has also acted in and directed several music videos, most notably Coldplay's video for "God Put a Smile upon Your Face" and the Arctic Monkeys video for "Leave Before the Lights Come On". Considine has received an Evening Standard British Film Award, Empire Award and Thessaloniki Film Festival Awards, as well as eight other award nominations for his acting. He has also won a BAFTA Award, British Independent Film Award, Silver Lion at the 2007 Venice Film Festival and the Seattle International Film Festival Short Film Jury Award (Narrative Special Jury Prize) for his short film Dog Altogether. He won a second BAFTA Award, British Independent Film Award, and a World Cinema Directing Award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for Tyrannosaur. more…

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