The film is starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rachel Mcadams, Forrest Whitaker and 50 Cent.
The basic plot of the story is that a champion of the world boxer Billy Hope (Gyllenhaal) loses almost everything, after a tragic accident at a charity event.
He loses his professional boxing license, his house and much more. Realising that his friends around him are all trying to jump ship causes him to take refuge in an old gym, where a coach called 'Tick' (Whittaker) is working. Tick agrees to train him at the gym and offers him a job cleaning the place to help him make ends meet.
During Billy's time at the gym Tick teaches him a different way to box and improves his defensive skills, I believe this technique lend's it's name to the film 'Southpaw'.
Billy takes part in a charity boxing event, where he tries is new technique out and his old manager Jordan (50 Cent) comes to watch him. The pair are not on good terms but Jordan persuades him to take part in a fight with his rival Miguel 'Magic' Escobar (Miguael Gomez) and claims that he can get his license ban revoked.
Billy is adamant that he will take part in the fight but only if Tick is his trainer. With much trepidation , Tick agrees .
I have to say I was really impressed with this film. I have only given the basic plot line without the major events and the ending because I hope people go and see it.
The on-screen between Billy, his wife (McAdams) and his daughter looks so genuine and heartfelt.
Gyllenhaal 's body looks every part, the boxer and a doting father and Whitaker's plays a vital role.
This is an emotional roller coaster with action and a great soundtrack, even if you do have to ensure 50 Cent dressed like a pimp.