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Steve Carrell plays John Du Pont, of the Du Pont fortune, who dreams of creating a US wrestling team and take it to the Olympics. Tatum Channing plays Mark Schultz, and Mark Ruffalo plays his brother David, both of whom were wrestling Olympians. The movie is based on the rather bizarre true life story of Foxcatcher and the relationship between Du Pont and the Schultz brothers. The highlight of this film is the acting. Steve Carrell is almost unrecognizable as John DuPont; it looked as though Carrell studied every nuance of John DuPont and became him. I thought this was a superb role for Channing Tatum as a man who was deeply troubled, living under his brother’s shadow, yet loyal to a fault, and this is probably one of Mark Ruffalo’s strongest ever performances. The film played itself out like an engaging crime drama and was suspenseful and fast-paced; I did not know the story going into it, so I was surprised by what happened in the end. I did feel that I did not get to know the characters as much as I would have liked – I was left with more questions than answers for the most part. Thumbs up for a film with solid acting performances all around, and one that was so good I had to keep reminding myself that it is actually a true story (2014, 3.5 stars).

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