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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…
Review In A Nutshell:
Warrior is a disappointing feature that is only saved by its final hour that actually showcases mixed martial arts. The first half of this film is driven by family drama cliché, spending almost the entire half building backstories for its characters which I was not able to connect with. Why do the writers of Warrior have to try so hard? There are many campy films like this that overall succeeds due to its simplistic nature. This film clearly is trying to be sophisticated, but it does so by taking on themes that by now have been recycled way too much. Drama in sports films, especially ones that covers about family and brotherhood, are not always a…
We're men. We hate each other until we fight and then--inexplicably--everything is okay. Also our dad beat us, but he's okay now, I guess. Because he quit drinking. But not really. Still, it's cool. Because fighting.
Judging by people's reviews, I expected a lot more. But maybe other people are way less sensitive to poor writing than I am.
"Hey, yo, Mr. C, my brother was at the titty bar last night and he said you was chokin' brothas out. I mean, what's up, is it true?"
"Yeah, I mean, like, is it true? Did you really work on some fools or something?"
These are lines that are spoken by high school students to their teacher. Someone wrote those lines. Maybe I'm nitpicking, but as a writer myself, shit like that makes me shudder.
The only thing this film has going for it, is Nick Nolte, despite the fact that he plays an incredibly cliched character. He is phenomenal, and the emotional punch he gives is heart-wrenching. Everything else I could do without.
10/10: Way underrated and it delivers the K.O. (pun intended) on the overrated Oscar-nominated The Fighter (2010) that has similar storyline that involves two brothers. What made the film stand out for me, was that the movie took a pretty unbelievable scenario and made the characters believable. Without the characters and build up of their situation, motivation and psychology involved, the film would have been just another fight flick. In sports movies such as this, its about about emotions, and this one caused a lot of them in me to stir. It's a must-watch!
Really loved this film!! It's my favorite "fighting" movie. It also introduced me to one of my favorite bands! The National.
One of my favourite films of all time! Love how gripping and immersive the story is! Don't know of any men who have watched this film and not ended it in tears! The fighting is so gritty and it's pulled off very well, especially with the accompaniment of such a deeply emotional film too! Can't compare this film to anything and can't praise it enough!
Meaty platter of adrenaline and testosterone, with a surprisingly tender heart. Best when not speaking in broad strokes. Messy balances, but still impresses. [B]
brilliant premise and story of the film. loved the relationship and development between characters. very emotionally gripping. great acting by Tom Hardy. fluid editing. consistent tone throughout the movie. very nice arc and climax in emotional beats.
Finally managed to get someone else to watch this film! It's just such a good film, like a modern day rocky if there was two of them set up to fight each other with two completely different sides of the same fractured family.
If you're looking for a fighting movie with a strong emotional core something like The Fighter for MMA then this is it.
Warrior is not merely a boxing film. It does have the action and suspense, but it is so much more than that. Tom Hardy delivers one of the most emotionally overwhelming and riveting performances I've ever seen; the rest of the cast also does an incredible job; and the drama and emotional tones are some of the best I've ever seen. The best sports movie I've seen, and also one of my favorite drama movies I've seen.
- 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.
Hardly in order after the top five.
- Beasts of the Southern Wild
- Lilya 4-Ever
- Life Is Beautiful
- Dancer in the Dark
My five hundred favorite films (1940-2014)