Foxcatcher | Film review – Real-life sporting drama turns into gripping psychological thriller

Foxcatcher - Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo

The brilliantly unsettling Foxcatcher turns the true story of the ill-fated relationship between a pair of Olympic wrestling champion brothers and their multi-millionaire benefactor into a gripping psychological thriller.

Insecure despite his gold-medal success at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, Channing Tatum’s Mark Schultz feels overshadowed by his older brother, confident family man Dave (Mark Ruffalo), and jumps at the chance when filthy rich eccentric John du Pont (Steve Carell, creepy, maladroit and nearly unrecognisable behind a beaky prosthetic nose) offers to take him under his wing at the wrestling training camp he has set up at his sprawling country estate. Du Pont has delusional ideas of himself as an inspirational coach and patriot, but his interventions in the brothers’ lives leads to tragedy.

Anchored by three superb performances (Carell and Ruffalo were both Oscar-nominated but Tatum is equally impressive), Foxcatcher pins the viewer to the mat with its emotionally bruising tale of class, ambition and the pursuit of sporting excellence.


Certificate 15. Runtime 129 mins. Director Bennett Miller.

Foxcatcher is released on DVD & Blu-ray by Entertainment One UK.


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