After he gets brutally beat-up at a bar, Paul Harris, the spoiled son of a Niagara winery owner, questions his predetermined, trouble-free existence and embraces obsessive workout routines and steroids before finding boxing - the perfect outlet for his newfound rage. Rob Tully also feels that his life is on a set course. A born boxer with natural talent, Rob trains with his father, Reuben, and his uncle Tommy, both of whom believe that a gift like his can change their blue-collar lives. Rob and Paul’s fathers want so much more for their sons than they ever had themselves, but both sons are determined to find their own way. While Paul descends into the world of hardcore bodybuilders and boxing gyms, Rob struggles under the expectations set upon his young shoulders. Their disparate paths lead to The Barn, an underground fight venue where vicious and hopeless men brawl for cold hard cash. No rules, no limits, no holds barred. A place that will change both their lives.
"The Fight Machine is a gut-punch of a movie. It's not about the catharsis of a knockout blow, but the slow grind of a solid beating. It's merciless and tragic, with the ending not the intersection of the fighters' lives but the way they diverge."