The Last Round

The Last Round

A striking Egyptian sports drama that hits all the right notes

7.5

TV Show

Egypt
Arabic
Action & Adventure, Drama
2024
MARIAM AHMADY
Ahmed El Sakka, Ashraf Abdel Baky, Asmaa Abu ElYazeed

TLDR

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What it's about

After his divorce, washed up former kickboxer Dr. Yehya aims to live a normal life raising his daughter, only indulging in underground matches to let off some steam. While moving her things, sports agent Shabaka reaches out to convince him to get back in the ring as Chajih for Egypt’s first major mixed martial arts competition.

The take

At a certain age, it can feel like starting over again isn’t possible, especially when all signs discourage you from ever trying again. Dr. Yehya of The Last Round knows this better than most– quitting kickboxing wasn’t an option, but a requirement, with his age and near misses and personal issues taking him out of the arena and into a low point in his life. But despite this, and despite day-to-day difficulties, The Last Round also portrays him getting back up, pursuing his dream one more time. It’s a familiar story, one we’ve seen in many sports shows, but with Ahmed Al-Sakka in the ring, and the careful characterization of the whole team that gets him there, The Last Round knocks our socks out.

What stands out

The writing. The way important details are revealed is effective, as we get a hint of it visually and emotionally before getting direct confirmation. There’s still some of the melodramatic divorce drama here, but it’s made more palatable through this approach.

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