Mark Schultz (Channing Tatum) and his brother Dave (Mark Ruffalo) were Olympic gold-medal-winning wrestlers in 1984. But wrestling doesn’t suck in the sponsor dollars, so Mark accepts an invitation from weird billionaire John du Pont (Steve Carell) to set up a wrestling talent hothouse at his Foxcatcher horse stud.
They are both solitary men. Mark feels overshadowed by (happily married) Dave, while du Pont, who has inherited his wealth along with all those loose screws, is a constant disappointment to his formidable mother (Vanessa Redgrave). Du Pont wants something of his own, and he has decided it’s wrestling.
Based on a true story (but don’t look it up before watching – spoilers!) this film grapples with the corrupting effects of wealth – and people who think dreams, talent and affection can be purchased. Carell, dead-eyed and unrecognisable in prosthetics, is great at playing the grey area between buffoon and nutjob. 7/10
Released January 29, 2015