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)…
No being a fight fan, I didn't expect to like this one as much as did. yes it was pretty predictable but I still got involved. And yes I wanted the teacher to win!
I love this movie because it was good and Tom Hardy looked great. It also made me cry.
My Dad recorded this when it was on IFC not too far back, and he said he thought I might like it. For whatever reason, despite the fact that I have about as much interest in sports as I do putting a flaming hot poker on the tip of my eyeball, my Dad still thinks Sports movies are my bag, for some undiscernible reason.
Now, I don't mean to be rude to the guy, he is my Dad after all, but to be honest, I've only ever seen one sports movie that really, truly stuck with me. The name of that movie you ask? "The Bad News Bears". Why did it stick woth me you ask next? Because it's so…
9.5/10 literally nothing fucks me up like this movie
I don't know whether it was the score, the performances or a mixture of both but this is my favourite emotional climax out of anything ever and I'm so glad it held up the second time round. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton radiate desperation without the need for dialouge, it just shows on their faces and they manage to have a chemistry on screen like no other. You root for both of them, you root for their relationship and you want them both to succeed so much that them going against each other feels like a lose lose situation. The stakes are so high at both ends. The pain they feel…
The kind of movie that wouldn't normally attract me. But I'm glad I gave it a try. Even if you know within the first ten minutes where the movie is heading to, it's worth watching the story develop. The tension builds up throughout the whole film, and the fights at the end are really gripping. The final moments really squeezed my throat with emotion. And I don't even like fighting movies ! I also have to highlight Nick Nolte's performance. He was outstanding, most of his scenes were memorable, and heartbreaking.
At times this was a 6.5 for some uninspired directorial choices, and then at others it was 7.5 for how incredibly white knuckled some of those fights were so... 7/10?
What makes this movie is a trio of amazing performances from Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte. Three screen presences that are easily compelling enough to keep you glued to the drama. There's a couple of POOR musical cues and choices, but overall the film overcomes it's flaws with a decent dose of emotion and a build up of character that leads to a ton of suspense in the final act.
Grad eben gesehen und ziemlich sprachlos im Moment. Ich glaub noch nie solche intensiven Kämpfe wie hier gesehen. Großen Respekt an Hardy & Edgerton für die Leistung. Hatte mehrmals im Film Gänsehaut und Tränen in den Augen.
The emotional content is really high... But no dramas here...
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Any film pertaining to the fighting scene has to be bold, intrepid and unapologetic to the basic human condition. "Warrior" gets it right, and while unashamedly predictable, the film holds up well, even in the predicament of fighting your own kin.
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218. "Camera falls from airplane and lands in pig pen-MUST WATCH END!!"
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