I just saw the premiere of Halle Berry’s MMA movie, Bruised, at the Toronto International Film Festival. There weren’t as many MMA cameos as I expected. It premiered at a Drive-In and I didn’t have the best view, so I may have missed some cameos. Valentina Shevchenko has the biggest role. Halle Berry fights Valentina for the Invicta FC title. Oddly, Valentina plays an Argentine and not someone from a former Soviet Republic or Eastern Europe as is the usual trope for combat sports movies. Gabi Garcia has a notable part. Yves Edwards and Julie Kedzie play Invicta FC commentators. Amanda Nunes and Keith Peterson have cameos and I believe I saw Overeem in one scene, but I may have been mistaken.
As for the movie, it was perfectly fine. It is a drama, with only one real MMA fight. The fight had a good mix of technique, with good mix of striking, grappling, grinding against the cage and clinch work. My only critique of the fighting is that it was too clean a fight. All of the strikes were perfect and on target. Passing guard, sweeps, submission attempts, all came too easy. No one fought to secure or defend a submission. Everyone escaped with too good of a technique.
The movie was just bought by Netflix and should be streamable on the platform before the end of the year.