HANDS OF STONE

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HANDS OF STONE REVIEWED

“Hands of Stone” follows the life of Panamanian superstar boxer Roberto Duran. Well, it does for about the first hour of the film. Then, it keeps wanting to focus on his fights with Sugar Ray Leonard. I get the Rocky style push to include Leonard, but Usher plays the guy as a co-lead. So, which is it? Are we watching a Duran biopic or a historical restaging of those two fights between Duran and Leonard?

For boxing fans, there’s a nice slice of 1970s and early 80s nostalgia to love here. Robert De Niro turns in a solid turn as Duran’s aging promoter. However, the real treasure of the film is Ana De Armas playing Duran’s hot-ass wife. This was easy for Armas, as she is naturally hot as hell. Thank Eli Roth for bringing her over to American film, as it’s been forever since we’ve had a quality Latinx sex symbol. This helps, as the movie is a schizo mess.

If you can handle the boxing and the visual stimulus, this is for you. Otherwise, you can skip it. Judging by the box office receipts, most people did.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Lyric Videos

A/V STATS

  • 2.40:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track

RELEASE DATE: 11/22/16

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