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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…
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…
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…
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…
What an absolute masterpiece. A tremendous good MMA movie. Great story and the characters are deep and believable.
A must see for everyone.
Warrior is a predictable enough film (which the trailer gives you the familiarity of the plot) but my god to the depth of the performances make the film better than expected. While we get the reasoning behind the brothers entering the Sparta tournament, Brendan to save the family home and provide for his wife and kids and Tommy looking to give his winnings away to a widow of a fallen friend, but essentially the film centers on a word that would be trademarked by Vin Diesel at this point if it was an option: family. Thankfully without using flashbacks, we get a sense and understanding of where the brothers are coming from and why they’ve been distant for so long,…
Really liked this movie. I never was a fan of MMA (more into boxing than anything), and I definitely have more respect for the sport. This movie adds to my opinion that Tom Hardy is one of the top 5 actors in the world when he gets a part like this and completely immerses himself in the character he is playing (see "The Drop"). I think we will see this in the upcoming "The Revenant" as well.
Finally watched this one. Oh, man it's pretty amazing. Well ok, it's actually a family drama hiding under the skin of a fight movie. Still Enjoyed it very freaking much. Good acting, good cast, great fight scenes.
Holy hell this movie is good!
I thought it'd be fluff to keep myself company on a solitary Saturday night as my girlfriend was outta town but was I wrong!
Warrior is a really great film. It's moving and compelling and Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton give great performances.
Personally I found this way better than Rocky...yes. This was more me.
Tom Hardy is a beast, but performance-wise, Edgerton does all the heavy lifting.
The ambivalence that such movie relationships create, powered by equally heated performances as well as making the admirable and non-admirable characters into both the heroes of the story, is an effect achieved through difficult calculation. The title pertains to both characters yet at the final hit of the conclusion, you are forced to choose who is who. Sitting in the seat of the judges won't exactly be as easy.
After every end of the protruding characteristics of a sports picture such as the training sequences or the pride risers, no bells need to ring in order for one to recognize and savor the sensationally affecting family drama that attempts to heal all open wounds of the beautifully written characters.