Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
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…
What an absolute masterpiece. A tremendous good MMA movie. Great story and the characters are deep and believable.
A must see for everyone.
This was a rewatch for me, so you know, given that I already know the outcome of the movie, I figured this time around I would be less jumpy and anxious about the whole thing. NOPE. I was still shaking and crying left and right.
I'm usually a Scrooge when it comes to star ratings, the 5-star rating is only for life-long favourites, but to hell with that, I'm giving Warrior 5 stars, it just blew me away. Again.
Really damn solid sports film with a strong emotional story weaved into it all that's led by incredible lead performances by Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton as brothers whom enter an MMA tournament.
Unfortunately, I didn't have the best atmospheric type of experience on my first viewing of this film so I think it more than deserves a re-watch where those emotional moments can hit just as hard as they almost did on this viewing.
I thought this film did have noticeable issues though such as the shaky cam aspect at times during the fights as well as other things but I won't get into it too much because this should be a great experience for you if you haven't seen it before because even if you don't like MMA fighting - there is a well handled and beautifully done emotional story that really sucks you in to caring about these characters in what is truly a great movie.
Incredible movie, terrific performances and emotionally pulling
Emotionally charged. So much more than just a sports movie. Highly recommend. Phenomenal acting, especially from Tom Hardy.
I love this movie so much.
Warrior is one of the best fighter movies.
2nd viewing spurred on by a letterbox member i follow (vincent lao). the number of toxic angles of story still reminds me of a kid going nuts with ice cream toppings, but... but... but... the choreography and cinematography behind the fight scenes and the calibre of acting still freak me out on a level worthy of worship. i was also reminded, yet again, about how both "southpaw" and "creed" could have been so much more.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Combined the average ratings (Critic's & Users) from IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and Letterboxd, and then weighted and tweaked the results…