Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain) directs Mickey Rourke (Sin City, Man on Fire) in a career-defining role as Randy “The Ram” Robinson, a veteran performer on the professional wrestling circuit who is desperate to hold on to the fame and glory that once surrounded him. Despite himself and the odds stacked against him, “The Ram” begins to evaluate his state of life, attempting to reconnect with his estranged daughter and striking up a relationship with an exotic dancer with troubles of her own. Bruised and battered both inside and outside the ring, Randy slowly tries to piece together the life he still has; but the thrill of the show and the passion for his art threatens to take it all away from him once again.
Mickey Rourke truely gives the performance of a lifetime in this film. If you didn't know any better, you would believe this is a documentary. His character is the real deal, from his bleach-blonde hair...down to his wrestling boots. You get to see his trials and tribulations along with how he survives in this chosen lifestyle. Going from barbwire, glass and staple guns in the ring - to learning how to operate the meat slicer in the deli-department. Even if you've never watched a wrestling match before, you will want to cheer for the guy that's past his prime and looking for one more shot at glory.
The movie locations are all very believable along with a very colorful wrestling crowd, both in and out of the ring. After all "pro wrestling isn't about winning and losing — it's about putting on a show".