Fight for Family
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…
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…
What an absolute masterpiece. A tremendous good MMA movie. Great story and the characters are deep and believable.
I think the fighting is not only about the fighting. It is the physical representation of the struggle between Tommy, Brendan and the father. The struggle to forgive and to move on with their lives.
A must see for everyone.
the guys in this movie are such pussies i could beat them up without even being awake
Warrior pits Tom Hardy against his brother in the MMA ring. It's a strong drama, but not quite a new Rocky.
Brendan and Tommy are brothers, but they've gone down very different paths in life. Brendan works as a physics teacher but can't pay the mortgages on his home, so to scrape together some money for his wife and children he begins to fights in small amateur MMA bouts in parking lots. Tommy is a mysterious, quiet and hard edged man that hasn't seen any favors in life at all. He comes home after an absence, locates his father and begins to train for Sparta, an MMA championship. But what he doesn't know is that Brendan has entered too, and…
What sets this film apart from other fighter films is the drama which creates believable and interesting characters. This helps to support and bolster the fight sequences into more than just punchy, kicky scenes. The success of the drama can be credited to the great acting and successful writing. The only problem I had with this film was the editing which I felt often looked away from the action and could cause confusion, especially the montage sequence which I had to re-watch to take in all the action, apart from that this film is a solid watch.
really really good
Yes, WARRIOR is predictable. Most of the common tropes associated with films about a boxer, or a wrestler films are all here. And it's safe to say there are very few surprises. Regardless I still liked this movie. Maybe a little more than I was supposed to.
The movie touched me on a personal level. If you have brothers, I think you'll get what I mean. An example, albeit melodramatic, of the power of one brothers love for the other.
The eventual climatic cage match between Brendan and Tommy is a strange mix of action and emotion. I was blinking through tears right up until the end credits. You are so wrapped up in the lives of the two fighters, that you find you can't route for either to win. It's an emotionally raw moment, in a way that is more masculine and meaningful and honest that any knockout punch.
One of the best Martial Arts Movie I ve ever seen!! Love it!
An emotional, incredibly well-acted film, which easily bests others of the genre. Fantastic dialogue and magnificent characters throughout the film make this film great.
I'm a huge fan of MMA and even bigger fan of the band The National, but not even these reasons made this movie as amazing as it was. They just perfectly added to it. The superb acting and heartfelt story really sells it on this one.
as anyone with daddy issues, this movie always chokes me up.