Grade A

Manny’s Movie Musings: “Jawbone” is about a homeless, alcoholic ex-boxer (played by Johnny Harris, who also wrote the script) who seeks to get his life in order with the help of two friends (played by Ray Winstone and Michael Smiley) who run a boxing gym that Harris is secretly crashing in every night.  Out of cash and without a job, Harris seeks an underground, boxing match with a younger, stronger fighter.  A creepy gangster played by Ian McShane sets up the fight, and Harris will have to struggle with and suppress all his demons so that he can be in the best shape possible and give the crowd their money’s worth…and come out of the fight alive.  “Jawbone” is a raw, dark (literally and figuratively) story of one man’s battle against his own, self-destructive nature.  My most memorable, movie moment is the scene when Harris holds a bottle of liquor, staring at it, contemplating whether to drink it or not.  Harris’ eyes, his facial expressions…all show the torment in his soul fighting against his addiction.

— M