Warrior stars Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) and Joel Edgerton (The Thing). An inspirational and exhilarating roller-coaster of a film, Warrior centres around Tommy (Hardy) - an ex marine haunted by a tragic past, who enlists the help of his estranged father (Nick Nolte) to train up for the fight of his life. A former wrestling prodigy, Tommy blazes a path towards SPARTA - the biggest 'winner takes all' Mixed Martial Arts event in history. His brother, Brendan (Joel Edgerton), an ex-fighter-turned teacher, also returns to the ring in a desperate bid to... save his family from financial ruin. So when Brendan's unlikely, underdog rise sets him on a collision course with the unstoppable Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront each other - and the forces that pulled them apart - in the ultimate face off. [show more]
Warrior is a fantastic film that is both highly enjoyable and inspirational. The film focuses on brothers Tommy (Tom Hardy) and Brendan (Joel Edgerton) who are both troubled in different ways, on bad terms with each other and their father (Nick Nolte) and each entering Sparta (a mixed-martial arts tournament consisting of the 16 best fighters in the world with a $5 Million prize). Tommy is a disturbed U.S. Marine who seeks help from his father to train him for the tournament and Brendan is an ex-fighter turned school teacher, whose family is in serious risk of their home getting foreclosed.
The cast and characters are great. Tom Hardy is menacing and incredibly bulked up for this film (look at his traps, they are enormous) with Joel Edgerton being in great shape too (less so, but it makes sense given he is playing the older brother and the one who didn't fight abroad). The supporting cast is fantastic too, with Nick Nolte as their recovering alcoholic father, Jennifer Morrison as Brendan's concerned wife, Frank Grillo as Brendan's friend and trainer, and Kevin Dunn as Brendan's boss, the principal of the school he works at.
The music and soundtrack are good and capture the tense and exciting scenes. It's nice they managed to get Beethoven in there as well.
This film has a lot of depth, the two brothers are very clearly defined in every way, each needs to win for his own personal reasons and each has their own fighting style too. The film is a bit of a slow burner, one can fairly easily guess the event that it builds up to, it doesn't reveal everything as quickly as it could have and it does end a little abruptly. But it always keeps you intrigued and gripped nonetheless. The fighting scenes are incredible and well choreographed; the stuff they do is astonishing. And after watching it you just want to beat people up for a living. or you at least feel more motivated to start working out.
This film is excellent and I would recommend it to anybody. Great acting, great action, great story, what more could you want?
Warrior is without a doubt one of the best sports films of the past ten years. The film is about a MMA competition (Sparta) in which two brothers enter for different reasons. Tommy (Tom Hardy) is an ex marine entering the competition for his fellow marine who died in combat due to friendly fire and vows the give the winnings ($5,000,000) to his comrade's widow. At first glance, Tommy is without a doubt an aggressive and perhaps dangerous character as when he goes to the gym for the first time and fights the local MMA fighter you can see that he is somebody that you don't want to be messing with. Brendan is an ex MMA fighter now a physics teacher with a wife and children. When he realizes that he might have to file for bankruptcy, he feels the best way to get the money is to enter Sparta and win. As the movie goes on it is clear to say that he is definitely the underdog of the film, firstly because of the financial situation that he is in and also because of his physical presence; he doesn't seem to be as physically overpowering as Tommy and yet he is still able to fight his way through competition.
As the film goes on, it follows the two of them in training and slowly building to the competition shows that it's undoubtedly going to end with the two of them fighting for the money. With it showing the two of them, it makes it very hard to see who the hero of the film is as there conventionally is in most films, therefore quite unconventionally showing that they are both heroes of the film. With an older, now sober, father (Nick Nolte) in the middle, which neither of them are particularly fond of because of their difficult childhood when he was an alcoholic shows just how important Nolte, as a father figure, is to bringing the two of the together as they both, as Tommy puts it 'have absolutely no use for him'. This seemingly frail vulnerability and yet warmth that Nolte shows, makes it unsurprising that he was nominated for best supporting actor in the recent academy awards.
What makes this film one of the best sports films of the past ten years is without a doubt the final fight scene between the two of the brothers at the end. Any man would be reduced to tears, even if they didn't have a brother because you can see the love they feel for each other despite not seeing each other for quite a few years. The soundtrack in the background was also very powerful and emotional for me as it seemed to bring the two of them together.
Every man in the world should, at some point in their life, see this film as it was so powerful in the family sense of the word and it was also incredibly motivating for me as you can see the passion they have for fighting as a sport and the love they have for entering the competition in the first place.
Warrior is a tale of a dysfunctional family in which two brothers choose to compete in a Mixed Martial Arts 'winner takes all' event. Tommy (Hardy), an ex-marine, is the younger brother or Brendan (Edgerton) a retired MMA fighter turned physics teacher. Both enter the event for different reasons, but it's obvious that they will end up pitted against one another. one eager to fight, fiercely regardless of kinship, the other a reluctant combatant forced by pride to continue.
Yet there is perhaps a little too much of the generic underdog sports story here with an undeniably formulaic structure. It's well acted, although Tom Hardy barely says a word throughout the film, who although billed as the main star doesn't make much of an impact. In fact it's the less well known Edgerton (and of course Nick Nolte as their estranged father) who must take the plaudits for elevating this film from the obscurity it might have faced had lesser actors been in the roles.
The MMA fight scenes are far less brutal than I would have expected, but also less well choreographed than I would have liked. Some of the bouts are laughable. But perhaps that is preferable to bone-crunching realism.
Ultimately the film is flawed, the fault lying somewhere in the scripting and the direction. Fault must therefore lie with writer/director Gavin O'Connor, who has just one other big film to his name - the disappointing Pride and Glory. He simply doesn't impress. His writing is clichéd and hackneyed, his ability to direct his actors seems ineffectual and the emotion he puts into his writing feels forced.
It's certainly not a total loss, the film is watchable, it's just certainly not a classic. The performances are as powerful as can be achieved by actors hamstrung by the generic nature of the film but whilst their best efforts are genuinely appreciated, in the end Warrior is not a patch on The Fighter.
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Warrior stars Tom Hardy (Inception, The Dark Knight Rises) and Joel Edgerton (The Thing). An inspirational and exhilarating rollercoaster of a film, Warrior centres around Tommy (Hardy) – an ex marine haunted by a tragic past, who enlists the help of his estranged father (Nick Nolte) to train up for the fight of his life. A former wrestling prodigy, Tommy blazes a path towards SPARTA - the biggest ‘winner takes all’ Mixed Martial Arts event in history. His brother, Brendan (Joel Edgerton), an ex-fighter-turned teacher, also returns to the ring in a desperate bid to save his family from financial ruin. So when Brendan’s unlikely underdog rise sets him on a collision course with the unstoppable Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront each other - and the forces that pulled them apart - in the ultimate face off.
Mixed martial arts action drama, starring Nick Nolte and Tom Hardy, in which a fractured family relationship is tested even further when two estranged brothers enter the same prestigious fighting competition. Tommy Conlon (Hardy) and his brother, Brendan (Joel Egerton), are the children of former boxer and recovering alcoholic Paddy Conlon (Nolte) - and both have issues with him. Tommy, tortured by his recent experience as a soldier, reconnects with his father to some extent when he enlists him as his coach for the upcoming Sparta mixed martial arts competition, which Tommy hopes to win in order to be able to give the prize money to the family of a fallen comrade. Brendan, in contrast, needs the money to provide for his wife and children after losing his job. How will the brothers cope if the tournament forces them to go against the fraternal bond and do battle?