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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.
This movie employs just about every sports movie cliche ever and then some. Not content with merely one story about an underdog who comes good, it gives us TWO underdogs to root for, one being the genuinely good guy who's come on some hard times and is trying to take care of his family, the other the guy who's never caught a break in his life and on the exterior looks hard but deep down is a noble and good guy (and did I mention he's a former military man?). Toss in the fact that these two individuals are estranged brothers who find each other in the way of accomplishing their goals and you have everything amped up perfectly to…
Forewent writing a review after watching this so to limit the bias of immediacy. After waiting a week, I can say with confidence this is the best sports movie I have ever seen; it takes the simple template of the sports film and imbues it with an intensity and a degree of emotion that never comes off as hyped or insincere. So why does this one work so well? The film ebbs and flows from scenes that look quiet (but are emotionally weighty) to the MMA based action sequences (which are so intensely visceral there is little room for thinking, only the feeling in your gut). Further, the characters are all quiet. When they speak, it matters. But equally, when…
I cried through most of Inside Out. It’s heartbreaking and painful and a story that I had no trouble relating to. Watching Riley undergo the pain that she suffers and her spiral into depression is harrowing. And I haven’t been able to get that movie out of my head for more than a week now. And Warrior is another movie that really brings out my waterworks. I have seen Warrior before. I watched it three years ago for the first time and I was completely engrossed with the film in a way I wasn’t entirely familiar with at the time. Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton are incredible. Nick Nolte plays their alcoholic father perfectly. And the rest of the supporting…
Warrior is a film that follows every trope in the book, from the underdog fighters anchored by good intentions, to the alcoholic father trying to make good with his kids. However, these genre tropes are hit on with such precision and depth, that the film feels fresh and captivating throughout. Hardy brings a brilliant physicality to his role, and Edgerton does his best to be the compassionate contrary to Hardy. This movie undoubtedly rivals the likes of Rocky and Cinderella Man within the genre, and perhaps will surpass them in the coming years.
This film is intense.
This film is so reliant on all of the performances and man! did they get it. Every actor understands their character and that is the reason i think they are so relatable. Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte brought tears to my eyes. Their vulnerability and pain is so believable that i could buy that they were father and son. Joel Edgerton's performance was also very believable and the relationship he has with his wife and kids is beautiful.
At the end of the movie i was sweaty, nervous, excited and not sure whom i should be rooting for. When it all comes to an end it's so climactic that i almost fell out of my sofa and wept.
Beethoven as training music. Moby Dick voice-over.
The most preposterous, melodraatic and cliché-ridden film I've seen in quite a while. It made me laugh harder than most comedies.
And yet. It is competently made (aside from the script), well acted and has some brutal fight choreography.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Warrior surprised me. In every way. I believed I was getting a well received film about MMA fighting, at least that's what the synopsis and the general word of mouth has been. But Warrior is MORE. It's so much more. It's a film about love. It's a film about war. It's a film about regret and forgiveness. It's a film that wrestles your emotions and tangles them up in knots. More importantly, it's about FAMILY
Warrior is a predictable film. It knew where it was going, it didn't deceive it's audience, you know from the synopsis it would end up the way it did...What makes this predictability palatable is the emotional range this movie has to make you feel. The…
Competent, technically assured sports drama about two brothers, one an AWOL Iraq vet and one a broke physics teacher, competing in a major Mixed Martial Arts tournament is sensitive and entertaining in the vein of 'Rocky' and 'Chariots of Fire'; like those films it doubles as social comment, in this case regarding the financial collapse and its effect on working families. The film builds to an exciting 'Breaking Away'-like climax and isn't nearly as boneheaded as the posters make it look... but you have seen it all before, so it's really worth watching only if you have specific interest in MMA or in the sports movie genre overall. But I don't, and I wasn't bored, so there's that. Believable characterizations help.