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Shadowboxer is an emotionally-charged, full-throttle thriller, which delves deep into the harsh underworld of organized crime and uncovers the complex lives of trained assassins, Mikey (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and Rose (Helen Mirren). But when a brutal crime boss wants his wife dead, Rose decides against killing the pregnant woman. Instead, the three begin a harrowing life on the run. Driven by fierce love, Rose and Mikey protect their adopted family from present danger – looking to redeem their tragic past.

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  • Actors: Cuba Gooding Jr., Helen Mirren, Vanessa Ferlito, Macy Gray, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
  • Directors: Lee Daniels
  • Writers: Will Rokos
  • Producers: Brook Lenfest, Chase Lenfest, Damon Dash, David Robinson, Dawn Lenfest
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Code Black Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HRMAUY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,839 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By SMJ on May 21, 2007
Format: DVD
I usually think of how a movie meets another movie (for example, "The Counte of Monte Cristo" is like "Zorro" meets "Shawshank Redemption"). This movie was unlike any others and I could not come up with two movies that could describe it. There is no other with so many perplexing elements like complex relationships, subplots, surprising moments (totally not predictable) and still violent and sexually charged. The plot(s) were well thought out and virtually flawless. The acting was superb- not over acting at all. Cuba played his best role in a film (I'm not a Cuba fan). This IS entertainment! The direction and the shot angles were also well done! The camera itself was a work of art. I will watch this movie again!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Herron on November 14, 2006
Format: DVD
It blows my mind how such an excellent action packed twisted movie came through the theaters without a trace. I was glued to my seat throughout the entire movie. I was just blown away with the twisted love relationship between Cuba Goodin and Helen Mirren. All I can say is see it for yourself and you be the judge. This movie will go into my collection...
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on October 31, 2006
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When Rose (Helen Mirren, PRIME SUSPECT), a professional hitwoman, decides to renege on a contract and let an intended corpse and her baby live, her partner Mikey (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) knows their world is about to change drastically. They've been partners since he was a kid and she was the woman who partnered with his father on professional killings. She taught him everything about the art of killing. Clayton (Stephen Dorff), the crime boss who hired them to kill his wife and unborn child, is a truly psychotic animal. The problem is, Rose is dying of cancer and wants to leave something good behind. And she believes it will be this child.

Lee Daniels directed the movie as well as MONSTER'S BALL, another ethnic thriller that slammed audiences with sex and violence and gave Halle Berry the chance to win an Academy Award. Helen Mirren starred in the PRIME SUSPECT seasons on the BBC as well as THE QUEEN. Cuba Gooding, Jr. has been in several movies, including JERRY MAGUIRE, MEN OF HONOR, and SNOW DOGS. Stephen Dorff starred in BLADE and COVERT ONE: THE HADES FACTOR.

The film showcased developing characters and a telescoped plot that spread over years. Viewers are forced to read between the lines on some of the continuity, and to make judgment calls where the characters and action are concerned. The fascinating thing about the film is the dichotomy of how caring and how cold-blooded Rose and Mikey are, and the horror of Vickie's situation, never truly able to take care of herself or her child. Normally a film like this carries the views along on action alone, but there was a depth of character that allowed for fascination to set it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Miller VINE VOICE on November 10, 2006
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"Shadowboxer" is one of those movies that slips quietly into theatres, is even quiter when sneaking out, and finds life on DVD. Well, in Idaho anyway. I heard of the movie when Jay Leno and Richard Roeper reviewed it; Leno liked it, Roeper didn't. But it looked like an interesting movie. Watching it, I realized that it's actually a really good movie. It's not perfect, but it's pretty damn good and I'm surprised it didn't get more attention. There seems to be a small theme in this film; Odd couples. First there's Cuba Gooding Jr. and Helen Mirren. Then there's Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Mo'nique. When I heard that, I didn't know if I'd buy those relationships or not...But it makes sense in a film like this. Mirren plays Rose, a hitwoman who's been diagnosed with cancer. Cuba plays Mikey, her lover and partner. Mikey is a far cry from the hitmen we see in The Matador and The Whole Nine Yards. Mikey is cold as stone, humorless and never wearing a smile. The villain is Clayton Mayfield (Stephen Dorff, 'Blade'), a rich guy who's established as being evil early on. In the beginning of the film, he's got a man strapped to a pool table. The man is being accused of having sex with Clayton's pregnant girlfriend Vicki (Vanessa Ferlito, who bears a slight resemblance to Angelina Jolie); Clayton shoves an 8-ball in his mouth and then shoves a pool stick in his...Well, you get the idea. Rose and Mikey are hired by Clayton (not face-to-face, but through a mysterious man in a wheelchair who hands Mikey the contract) to kill his live-in comrades and his girlfriend. When Rose and Mikey arrive, they kill everyone but Rose can't bring herself to kill the helpless pregnant woman. When Vicki's water breaks, Rose delivers the baby and helps Vicki and her baby escape. To Mikey, it's a job.Read more ›
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This 2005 film has all my favorite elements - sex and violence. It's also fast paced and exciting and, even though the plot is absolutely preposterous, I had no trouble following the twists and turns and constant surprises. It packs a lot of wallop into its 90 minutes of pure wild story, and I was involved and intrigued the entire time.

Hats off to a great cast too! Helen Mirrin, cast as Rose, is paired with Cuba Gooding cast as Mikey, as the most unlikely couple in the world. Not only is the relationship interracial, but she is 22 years older than him and he is her stepson. The screen sizzles with their romantic interludes and there is no doubt they love each other. To top off the outrageousness of it all, they make their living as contract killers. She just happens to be dying of cancer though and has agreed to do one last job.

Enter the crime lord bad guy played by Stephen Dorff who we first see torturing a man he thinks is having an affair with his wife. His wife, played by Vanessa Ferlito, is the one that he wants murdered and of course it is Rose and Mikey who he hires to do the job. Rose, dressed in black, enters the wife's bedroom with the intent of killing her. But the wife just happens to be 9 months pregnant and Helen and Mikey wind up delivering the baby and running away with the mother and child to hide. That's the basis of the plot and it gets even more outrageous as the story goes on. I loved it because it was different and that it dared to show one particular explicit coupling of Rose and Mike that will long be remembered.

This whole film is not believable. But I didn't realize it until after the film was over. While it was going on, I just couldn't take my eyes off the screen.
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