About the Film
His sense of identity fading after the spotlights dim, a semi-retired wrestler, played convincingly by Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke, re-evaluates his life while considering a comeback in director Darren Aronofsky’s poignant portrait of an introspective former superstar in the twilight of his career. The glory days have passed and Randy is forced to earn his keep by brawling in high-school gyms and community centers around New Jersey. The former icon attempts to earn a little extra cash while working in a deli and making an effort to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter, played by Evan Rachel Wood. When the prospect of a high-profile rematch with his longtime nemesis presents itself, Randy is forced to weigh his mortality against his desire to hear the crowd roar one last time.