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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
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eventhough this movie is an older one, the actors are top notch. tom hardy just looks downtrodden and joel edgerton did a fantastic job. it is hard to imagine a school teacher not being able to earn enough to survive, but our usa pay scales are so twerked as to the importance of jobs. a classroom that has the respect of a quality teacher is the tops. his role as the underdog was well played. the other guys? they looked like thick necked weight lifter guys ready to pulverize anything. it must be hard when changing body styles over the years...
midst of a 5 million dollar winner take all MMA tournament. One brother Tommy (Hardy) went with his mother and lived in poverty, joined the Marines when she died and became a hero overseas. The other brother Brendon remained with his alcoholic father and married his childhood love.
He has a wife and two daughters, is a physics teacher who has just been suspended for participating in a MMA event to raise money to try and keep from losing his home. This is a entertaining film filled with action and emotion and well worth the watch.
Tom and Joel both did amazing jobs with their roles, but the performance that really blew me away was Nick Nolte's portrayal of Paddy Conlan. Paddy is an old Marine who used to train Tommy, but was also a serious alcoholic that essentially became the wedge that broke his family apart. Older and sober, he would now like to reconcile with his sons, but they just can't get find it in their hearts to forgive him for the person he used to be, even though he is the trainer for Tommy. On a personal note with Nick's role, that I can remember I've never teared up while watching a performance during a movie, but there is one scene that really tugs at the heart strings and I can't help but feel sorry for his character.
This is such a phenomenal movie about love and struggle and it will truly inspire you to want to pursue your goals and not let anything stop you from overcoming adversity. Rather you stream this online with your Prime membership or you buy the DVD, this is one classic movie that you MUST watch. Truth be told, I did not have any desire to see this movie, but decided to watch it on a whim with my Prime membership and I am so glad I took the chance. If you're having second thoughts about this movie, take it from a guy who didn't want to originally see it, it is well worth your time!