For those of you who don’t know the true story of John du Pont, the Shultz brothers, and the Foxcatcher wresting team – you might want to look it up. Foxcatcher is based on that very story, one of those stories you just can’t believe. It’s rep has been building and building over the last few months with positive word all over the map. It now has its first full length trailer, really highlighting the tension and story it empowers.
Based on the incredible and completely real true story. Chemical fortune heir John du Pont (Steve Carell) recruits Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and his brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo) with a lucrative offer. The man has a dream of creating a winning US wrestling team for the 1988 Seoul Olympics. To that end, he’s created a state-of-the-art training facility on his estate and he wants the Schultz brothers to train the team. 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. Soon du Pont’s erratic behaviour 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. Fuelled by du Pont’s increasing paranoia and alienation from the brothers, the trio is propelled towards a tragedy no one could have foreseen.
So far out of the movies I’ve seen for the rest of the year, this is at the top of my Oscar list for multiple categories. It looks riveting and gripping, a movie that can leave you speechless multiple times throughout its time.
Foxcatcher opens in theaters on November 14th, 2014. Directed by Bennet Miller starring Steve Carell, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Michael Hall, Sienna Miller, Vanessa Redgrave, Tara Subkoff, and Brett Rice.