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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)…
+ Tom Hardy
+ Storyverlauf und Schluss
+ Spannend und einfühlsam
Each time I watch this, I am amazed at how perfectly every aspect of it comes together.
This is not an MMA film, it is not a fighting film, it is not even a sports film. This is an incredibly emotional family drama about the effects of loss and regret. And God dammit if it isn't one of the best movies I have ever seen.
This movie contains some of the most gut wrenching and tear jerking scenes I have ever seen. The emotional build up of Tom Hardy's Tommy Riordan is so hard to watch, and yet you can't take your eyes off him. The culmination of his frustrations and grievances resulting in a fiery rage of punches and…
The Accountant is now playing in theaters nationwide, and because that movie is great, it's got me craving more films from director Gavin O'Connor. Unfortunately I don't have the time to do a full retrospective of his work, which means you'll have to wait a little longer for me to review films such as Tumbleweeds, Miracle and Pride and Glory. Instead, I'm cutting right to the chase to talk about what I would consider his breakout hit Warrior, starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.
Here's the story. The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
You stay with an abusive father for a girlfriend at 16 and let your little brother and mom leave?
Run of the mill boxing/fighting/grunting picture that's saved by its characters and great use of its lengthy runtime, lays on the cheese in the third act but as a whole the way the story gets told is solid.
I must admit, I am a huge fan of boxing films. By word of mouth I stumbled upon this little film right here. Warrior exceeded my expectations and I'm very happy I was able to witness Gavin O'Connor's wonderful creation. Naturally, like every boxing film there is a redemption storyline but in Warrior it wasn't only restricted to the protagonist and rather it extended to the supporting characters as well.
This was beautifully written and the emotional backstory seeped through each scene, with each bit of information we received from Tommy (Tom Hardy), Brendan (Joel Edgerton) and Paddy (Nick Nolte), they had a rich dynamic between them that carried the story quite nicely. There were minor subplots that were integrated…
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