The drama ‘Ferida’ (Bruised), performed and directed by Oscar winner Halle Berry, is coming to Netflix lineup soon, but international critics have been able to verify the production and the first reviews are already with us.
And opening with 63% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, the drama divided opinions but was praised for Berry’s powerful performance, both in front of and behind the camera.
And while it’s not seen as innovative in narrative terms, the Oscar-winning actress’ good work sustains the plot, involving audiences in her story.
Discover the best ratings of the moment:
“Ferida does not innovate from a narrative point of view, but shows the strength of Halle Berry as a director, with a powder keg of dominant performances in a simplistic story.” – Kristen Lopez, indieWire
“While viewers will be in awe of Berry’s performance, other elements of the film are problematic.” – Stephen Farber, Hollywood journalist
“It’s a brave effort from Berry, but he missed the mark due to a standardized script and uneven combat direction.” – Yolanda Machado, TheWrap
“Nobody expects Berry to reinvent the sports film genre, but she still manages to impress both sides of the camera in the final act. There in the ring, the actress and character remember – And the world – what they’re capable of. ”- Peter Debruge, Variety
“So amateurish, familiar and often extends its credibility to such an extent that the narrative comes out uneven.” Robert Kojder, Flickering Myth
“Ferida’s dark drama seems forced and heavy for no reason.” – Andrew Bundy, The Reading List
In short, there’s no question that Berry threw everything against the wall with this film and did remarkably well, not only as you’d expect from the Oscar-winning The Last Supper star, but also in the backstage. ” – Pete Hammond, Hollywood Daily Deadline
The film hits Netflix on November 24.
In the plot, written by Michelle Rosenfarb, Berry brings to life Jackie Justice, a disgraced MMA fighter who tries to push her limits against an opponent rising into a heated tournament. Plus, she faces her biggest battle outside of the Octagon as she tries to prove that she is capable of providing custody of her six-year-old son.
The cast also includes Stephen McKinley Henderson, Nikolai Nikolaeff and Adan Canto.
HALLE BERRY as JACKIE JUSTICE, SHEILA ATIM as BOBBI ‘BUDDDHAKAN’ BERROA
SHEILA ATIM as BOBBI ‘BUDDDHAKAN’ BERROA
Director HALLE BERRY on the set
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