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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…
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…
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…
It never has mattered how many times the same story and the same issues have been trated before, Warrior is another valuable reminder that what really matters is how you retell the same story. With enough emotional punches to knock you out of the ring and with a rather mature although incomplete treatment of difficult situational family issues, the film does not reach the inspirational "underdog" ascent of a noble soul like the classic Rocky (1976) does, nor it achieves to handle varied human topics or has a rich character development like the superior The Fighter (2010) did, but it has (few) memorable scenes and a conclusion powerful enough to make you think, simply because you had previously found out…
Though it's based around a fairly new-fangled sport (mixed martial arts), this is a really old-fashioned sport movie ... and I mean that in a good way. Though it was perfectly predictable, it went through its motions with a nice mixture of savvy and heart. Also, the three main performances were great, so I really cared about the characters as they had their faces pounded in.
Esquemático, previsível e com um pé no piegas. Porém, toda a construção é dirigida a lhe fazer se importar com todos os personagens envolvidos.
Logo, todo questionamento da narrativa se torna irrelevante.
Its unusual in a film of this kind to have so well developed characters. Not one of the best films ever like IMDB's top 250 suggests but it is still a great film.
"Warrior" is a melodrama sports film about two estranged brothers in a winner takes all mixed-martial arts tournament. The director, Gavin O'Connor ("Miracle"), brought out some stellar performances, but could not save a weak script. The film spends an hour setting up the backstory of the two estranged brothers and their recovering alcoholic father. The second half is focused on a winner takes all mixed martial arts tournament that both brothers separately participate in.
As with most sports films, the ending is extremely emotional, but in this one, done extremely well. However, having almost half the film focusing on backstory is a super long time to spend on exposition, which kind of shows why this film felt weak, despite it…
As fantastically shot and performed as the MMA fight scenes are, I fail to feel the love for Warrior that so many people do. It just smacks so hard of a blatant attempt to update the Rocky template. Throw in the money travails of modern blue-collar America and it's not so much a new take but a complete retread of the same themes as Sylvester Stallone's Oscar-botherer.
And I don't even like that film (ducks and covers)!
That said, the film is made instantly watchable by three great turns from the always charismatic Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton, and a cathartic performance from Nick Nolte, putting his public persona to poignant use. Again, it's a massively cliched drunken absent-father role,…
Ujranézzük, nagy film. Tom Hardy egy állat, példakép lett :)
Maga a sztori nem nagy cucc, de azért megállja a helyét. Nick Nolte csoda hogy még él.
2 brilliant performance one by Tom Hardy and another by the unknown Joel Edgerton (Star Wars attack of the clones) in one of my all times favourite movies that made me burst with tears.
Very impressive. Rarely have father-son-brother-conflict led to so intense fight scenes! So basically what we have is an awesome MMA film coupled to a very good male-dominated drama. Male being a key word, this is all about the young men, their father, brothers, hate, forgiveness, war, time not healing all wounds and all that stuff. Extremely testosterone laden, but in a sensitive and sensible way where I could actually (mostly) understand and connect to the characters. Nick Nolte is awesome as the White Whale on the run from his Ahab. Hardy (unrecognizable as always, hell, at some point I have to start noticing something...) and the (for me totally unknown) Edgerton are perfectly cast.
What everyone else has said: The movie has no right to be as good as it is. It's about MMA a sport that I personally find unpleasant to say the least. It's formulaic and plays out exactly like you would expect it to. It has stranger brothers, a drunk father and "Aw gee, what a surprise, he totally defeated the much more skilled and experienced opponent through the power of love."
All that said, it's fucking good, yanks at your heartstrings and is enjoyable throughout, mostly due to incredible performances.
- The Racket
- 7th Heaven
- Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans
- Chang: A Drama of the Wilderness
- The Tree of Life
- Under the Skin
- It's Such a Beautiful Day
- Blue Is the Warmest Color
In my opinion, of course!
And only including films that I've seen.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
- Christiane F.
My six hundred favorite films (1940-2014); 615-635 are not ordered yet.