One thing I noticed is that while it's pretty easy to discover great old movies, it's not as easy to…
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…
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)…
Recorded this off IFC because I saw it on IMDB's Top 250 and plus Tom Hardy kicks ass. At first I was not sure why this film was ranked so high on IMDB but then it started clicking. The last hour is an intense experience where you feel some of the hits. The fighting is done well but even better is the relationship between the brothers portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy. It is all done with good scenes between them describing what happened in the past which leads to a rewarding pay off in the end. It left me with a sad feeling that really pushed my love for this movie. It was only given one Oscar nomination…
At a glance it may seem a bit been there, done that, but Warrior is a thousand times more engaging and emotional than it had any right to be.
Side note: Tom Hardy has the most intimidating shoulders of any man in Hollywood, aside from maybe Doomsday or really any iteration of the Shredder.
This movie turned me in to a Hardy fan.
The emotions he carried out were done to perfection. Great story, dark and engaging filming. I enjoyed this, a lot!
Watched at the beach
Literally the only movie that's ever mattered, or ever will matter.
Weight classes and restitution are overrated!
Warrior is written and directed by Gavin O'Connor and stars Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Frank Grillo, Jennifer Morrison, and Kevin Dunn and the story is about two brothers (Hardy and Edgerton) who compete in a Mixed Martial Arts tournament in order to help the people in their lives, Edgerton to pay off his bills to keep his home for his family and Hardy to help a fallen Marine's family, all while they reconnect with their past alcoholic father. Now there are a lot of sports movies with various sports such as boxing, basketball, football, baseball, golf, hockey, etc., but there are very few MMA movies and with sports movies most of them are based on true stories or…
really well made fights, they were all awesome,
but the drama about this family is what shines the most.
outstanding performance from actors, especially tom hardy, you can see that his character is really broken about all that happen to him.
Absolutely love this movie!
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Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…