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An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan (Tom Hardy) returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father (Nick Nolte), a recovering alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path toward the title prize, his brother Brendan (Joel Edgerton), a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense winner-take-all battle of their lives.
This film has no right to be as good as it is. It is predictable, it is about guys beating each other up, it is a testosterone filled fight film with all the subtelty of a freight train and it is unbelievably melodramatic.
Yeah, whatever, this film (wait for it, there's an incredible pun coming) knocked me out cold.
Films like this don't need to be groundbreaking, they need to be engaging. If Rocky was someone you couldn't root for, that movie would have been awful. The strength of Warrior is drawn from a love/hate triangle that is acted to a standard not often seen in films like this.
Tom Hardy plays damaged goods really well. He is a force…
A powerhouse of intense emotions, rousing action & gut-wrenching drama, Warrior is an ingeniously crafted & expertly balanced sports drama that bears every genre-cliché in its plot, has a predictable storyline and yet it manages to leave most of its viewers emotionally drained & immensely satisfied in the end. The dark horse of its year that came out of nowhere to surprise & stun almost everyone, this underrated masterpiece is in my opinion one of the greatest sports films ever made.
The story concerns two estranged brothers who enter the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) tournament while the plot mainly covers their struggling relationship with each other as well as their father. Dealing with the themes of redemption, forgiveness & indomitable will of the human spirit…
On paper it sounded terrible and in truth the director didn’t instill a great deal of confidence either, but despite it hitting all the familiar story beats for this type of film I found it a moving and exhilarating experience. Warrior plays out exactly how you expect it to but this can be said about practically every fight film ever made. The inevitability and the triumph over insurmountable odds is one of the great cinematic treats the ‘genre’ has to offer and Warrior does this final showdown better than most.
Moving the action from the boxing ring to the MMA cage works wonders. Bar the indifferent Redbelt there really haven’t been too many cage based movies of note and Warrior…
I really wanted to see this on the cinema and missed it. I hate it when that happens. The one thing I didn't want this to be was a modern version of rocky. I love that movie, but there is a time and place for it, that was the eighties.
Tom hardy and nick nolte are both great. The former once again pulling off a flawless American accent and completely delving and enveloping himself in the role, both physically and mentally. However, the biggest standout was Joel edgerton who excelled. Especially in the second half of the film. At the end his performance "in he cage" isn't just one of physicality but you feel every emotion he is feeling. An…
Warrior is a film about MMA fighting. I couldn't give two shits about the sport, never watched it and even now I don't have the urge to. Warrior is as predictable as they come, a trait in a film I would normally complain about. Warrior constantly shows us the reactions of various friends and loved ones as they watch the fights on television, fists pumping and screams of encouragement, which can often times feel like cringe worthy emotional pandering. This all adds up to a run of the mill sports film mess, right? The exact opposite actually. Warrior is a film that moves me emotionally, inspires me, forcing me out of my seat to pump my fists and scream right…
A family drama full of flawed characters and strained relationships set around a winner take all MMA tournament. We follow the story of two estranged brothers from a broken family who are destined to collide as they both seek their own redemption.
Tom Hardy plays Tommy Conlon, a sullen former Marine with an addiction to prescription pain medication, he's returned home under a mysterious cloud and enlisted the help of his father Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte), a recovering alcoholic who Tommy blames for his mother's death, to train him for the Sparta tournament, so that Tommy can send his winnings to the widow of a fallen comrade. On the other side of the coin we have Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton)…
Revenge of the drug-addled in-flight movie binge -- this round the artisinal pairing of tranquilizers and Gavin O'Connor's 2011 fighty-fighty family drama Warrior. This movie about people literally grappling, kicking, and punching each other is oddly bloated, slow, and conflict-averse. The dialogue has a topsy-turvy emphasis on unnecessary exposition and there's little servicing character, theme, or subtext. Good performances abound, not just from its central characters but also side players like Frank Grillo and Kevin Dunn (so brilliant as Veep's Ben Cafferty), as well as the super-earnest and mega-enthused physics students of Joel Edgerton's Mr. Conlon, though it's a conspicuously dude-centric movie, with Jennifer Morrison in the cliche "babely worrywort wife turned unambiguous cheerleader" to her babely jacked teacher husband. In all, flimsy and insubstantial.
I'm not sure this is 146th best film on IMDB good (as of present writing), but it's a very solid piece of work and the constant references to Greek myth and tragedy (complementing the themes) make this the most Greek film I've seen all year, and I saw My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.
It's got the motions memorized inside and out and that's fine. I see this as a study of antagonizing forces in its most simplistic form: nuanced and complicated and sympathetic characters can oppose in a balanced, natural way: meat locker Tom Hardy (who has a persona, but I can't fantasize about his character without it getting weird fast) packs everything deep, deep down, and takes out his hate on everyone while still garnering audience pity-love. The only thing that can balance him is Joel Edgerton, a man who exudes love but is conflicted as to how to demonstrate and allocate that love.
It's not a must-see. There are a few stories that can do both originality and knock-out emotional punch…
This movie got me so hard.
What was up with the end credit Beethoven???
I'm not a fan of MMA, but this film is amazing. Really amazing. The cast is superb and the last sequence is very touching. Recommended.
Greatest movie of all time. If you don't like it fight me irl.
I would pay a ridiculous amount of money to have Nick Nolte yell at me while I work out.
Tom Hardy's performance is second only to his traps.
Tom Hardy's traps are unreal
I want Tom Hardy's traps
A mostly ordinary, but emotionally loaded screenplay, filled with good pictures and extraordinary acting is coming in the end to a comprehensible and touching final.
But the structure of story is way too much built with a typical movie model kit for my taste.
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