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Muscle (2019)

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Simon isn't living the life he wants. He's tired of his dead-end job at a call centre - and he isn't even any good at it. He and his girlfriend are painfully drifting apart. He's sick of his pudgy body and his life. It's time to make a change and hit the gym. His inexperience, timid nature, and soft body stick out in this run-down gym full of Schwarzeneggers. Immediately, he draws the attention of an intimidating personal trainer named Terry who offers to coach him. Terry's criminal past, impulse to humiliate, and aggressive style all concern Simon - but he swiftly sees results and finally feels alive. All too quickly though, Simon's life spins out of control after his girlfriend leaves him and Terry becomes his boss, friend, and roommate. Simon suddenly finds himself trapped, stuck in a self-destructive spiral, as every aspect of his life now dangerously rests in Terry's big, tough hands...

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Critic Reviews for Muscle

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (4)

Muscle takes the trappings of a macho crime flick and informs them with sensitivity and smarts, perfectly played by Cavan Clerkin and Craig Fairbrass. It packs all the punch and power of a whey protein shake.

December 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is Johnson's first film without his cousin and collaborator Peter Ferdinando in the starring role, but Muscle's two leads prove every bit as tuned into his uniquely bleak vision of male interaction.

December 4, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The B-list hard case and straight-to-video action star Craig Fairbrass (see the Rise of the Foot Soldier franchise) is utterly reinvented in this bleakly compelling drama about toxic masculinity run rampant.

December 3, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Fruitfully blending thriller, comedy and horror elements, Muscle is essentially a two-hander set in a claustrophobic, ultra-masculine world.

December 25, 2019 | Full Review…

Nevertheless, this is a striking, distinctive vision of how far some men will go to overcompensate for their vulnerabilities.

June 24, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Striking monochrome cinematography lends a silvery edge to this low-budget British drama. So while the movie has the usual soapy crime-thriller tone, its ambitious imagery encourages the audience to look deeper.

December 11, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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