Damn, Foxcatcher looks freakin' great! This trailer actually sent chills down my spine. The film tells the dark and fascinating true story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire, John duPont (Steve Carell) and two champion wrestlers, Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), which eventually led to murder.
This movie looks like it could not only get an Oscar nomination for Carell, but Tatum as well. Both of these actors completely transform, and lose themselves in these characters. Here's a more detailed synopsis:
When Olympic Gold Medal winning wrestler Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) is invited by wealthy heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) to move on to the du Pont estate and help form a team to train for the 1988 Seoul Olympics at his new state-of-the-art training facility, Schultz jumps at the opportunity, hoping to focus on his training and finally step out of the shadow of his revered brother, Dave (Mark Ruffalo). Driven by hidden needs, du Pont sees backing Schultz's bid for Gold and the chance to "coach" a world-class wrestling team as an opportunity to gain the elusive respect of his peers and, more importantly, his disapproving mother (Vanessa Redgrave).
Flattered by the attention and entranced by du Pont's majestic world, Mark comes to see his benefactor as a father figure and grows increasingly dependent on him for approval. Though initially supportive, du Pont's mercurial personality turns and he begins to lure Mark into an unhealthy lifestyle that threatens to undermine his training. Soon du Pont's erratic behavior and cruel psychological game-play begin to erode the athlete's already shaky self-esteem. Meanwhile du Pont becomes fixated on Dave, who exudes the confidence both he and Mark lack, knowing that these are things even his money cannot buy. Fueled by du Pont's increasing paranoia and alienation from the brothers, the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen.
The movie comes out on November 14th, and it's shot up on my list of must see movies of 2014.
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