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An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past; Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy) returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father; a recovered 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 towards 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 after being suspended from his day job. Even though years have passed; recriminations and 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-takes-all battle of their lives.
Some men make their peace by hugging it out, but the men in Warrior communicate through their fists. Paddy Condon (Nick Nolte) trained his sons to be ultimate fighting champions, but alcohol, divorce, and a span of 14 years has driven them apart. Now Brendan (Animal Kingdom's Joel Edgerton) works as a science teacher, while Tommy (Tom Hardy, looking even burlier than he did in Bronson) has returned to Pittsburgh in the wake of his mother's death. He contacts his estranged father only because he wants to fight again. Paddy knows better than to ask what he's been doing in the meantime, but details of Tommy's time in the marines come to light just as his brother also plans a return to the ring, a move his wary wife (House's Jennifer Morrison) supports only because they'll lose their home otherwise. It's a foregone conclusion that the brothers will face each other in Atlantic City for the mixed martial arts competition with the $5 million prize, though Miracle director Gavin O'Connor makes the meeting surprisingly believable by capturing the bouts that lead up to the main event. Throughout, Tommy fights like Tyson, knocking out opponents in a single blow, while Brendan wears them down through dogged persistence. The actors give it their all, but O'Connor stretches his underwritten script too far, leaving Tommy overly enigmatic, so it's fortunate that Brendan emerges as a more fully rounded figure, proving that Edgerton's move from the stage to the screen was a wise course of action. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.6 x 5.4 x 7.6 inches; 3.03 Ounces
- Item model number : 1209808498
- Director : Gavin O'Connor
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 2 hours and 20 minutes
- Release date : December 20, 2011
- Actors : Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Studio : Lionsgate
- ASIN : B0034G4P94
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,681 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Yes, the acting is amazing. The cinematography is outstanding. The balance of action and drama is frankly matched only by "Apocalypse Now" and that director had to steal off into the jungle with a blank check and blow up half the Philippines to accomplish what he did. However, this movie is, in my opinion, unique in way that is not capable of being described by a word or blurb. There is no award for the thing that made this film so great. I will try to describe its nature, though.
To me, it had elements of many eras and styles of film which I would have considered impossible to combine. I saw here the over the top symbolism of the 60's; think "To Kill a Mockingbird." I saw here the gritty but tightly focused individualism of the 70's; think "Mean Streets," or the more obvious "Rocky." I saw here the blatant emotionalism of the 80's, think "The Breakfast Club." I saw here the academic referential dalliance of the 90's; think "Miller's Crossing," I saw here the journalistic aloofness of the post millennial films; think "Hurt Locker." Each of these iconic films represents, to me, a stylistic tendency that might evoke either praise or criticism on the part of the viewer as the vagaries of personal taste and fashion of the moment dictate. Certainly, before I saw this film, I would have thought some of these styles not only incompatible but mutually exclusive. The plot weave is also very odd. The slow merging of storyline might bring to mind such films as "Traffic" or "Babel" but where those films slowly reveal a connection of the unexpected, this film slowly reveals a connection of the inevitable. By the time I finished my first run of this film, I was left with the feeling that I had watched at least three separate but fantastically emotional films in the space of a little more than 2 hours. I had only absently clicked on the title at bedtime guided by a vague disposition towards fight movies and an appreciation of the versatility of Ben Hardy. I stopped rewatching it after the light of morning was streaming through the bedroom windows.
In an attempt to find a critical appraisal that was less than shining as I groped for a way to more holistically define what I had just experienced, I did stumble across the word cliché. I would say that it was cliché like Homer.
It might be a man thing, too, possibly. Even for a fight movie there was a whole lot of time spent on action in the ring. But that was another thing. There is not just one climactic fight. There are like 4 or so. How is it possible to have more than one climax? It's difficult to describe. Maybe that's more of a woman thing. I have to say that when it was over I didn't want to roll over and go to sleep. Instead I wanted to sit around and talk about my feelings.
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A film that could so easily have followed the clichéd pattern of so many sports melodramas (particularly the boxing genre) this one manages to add a few twists that carries it above the expected norm.
There are fine performances from Hardy and Edgerton as the brothers – one a teacher returning to fighting due to financial difficulty, the other an ex-soldier honouring a promise. The third factor is provided by Nolte, who puts in a very well measured, understated performance as their recovering alcoholic father.
What makes the story work so well is in the balance of sympathy the plot gradually builds for each character; In my opinion it is inevitably difficult to take sides, as details of each character`s past and present situations are revealed and as the pair find themselves in the same tournament culminating in their ultimate confrontation.
Aside from being a well-scripted piece, the camera-work and editing of the exciting fight scenes - particularly the spectacle of the tournament - is dynamic and effective, making for brutal, but compelling viewing.
An emotional and rousing sports movie, well considered and compulsively entertaining.
Aside from the back story though, the fight scenes are amazing and Tom Hardy transformed himself physically for this role, which is amazing dedication and certainly paid off. I cannot think of a single role that Tom could not take on and execute perfectly, he is an actor who deserves a lot more recognition. Nick Nolte is great too as the guilt-ridden father trying to be there for both his sons, unfortunately probably too little, too late in their eyes.
If you like MMA, watch it, if you like a drama that is thought provoking and quite sad in places, watch it...and if, like me, you just like looking at Tom Hardy in just a pair of shorts...definitely watch it because damn he is gorgeous.
It wont disappoint it's a great film.