Warrior (2011) - Oscar® Nominee!
|The youngest son (hardy) of an alcoholic former boxer (nolte) returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament -- a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his older brother (edgerton).|
An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan 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, 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-takes-all battle of their lives.
Editor's NoteTwo estranged brothers and Mixed Martial Arts fighters confront the forces that tore their family apart as they prepare to do battle in the ring in this drama from director Gavin O'Connor (PRIDE AND GLORY). Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy) is an ex-Marine from Pittsburgh who's never quite shaken his troubled past. Upon learning that the purse in an upcoming MMA tournament is the largest in the league's history, Tommy recruits his father, Paddy (Nick Nolte), a former coach and recovering alcoholic, to whip him into shape in time for the competition. Meanwhile, as Tommy steadily ascends the ranks by defeating one powerful opponent after another, his brother, Brendan, struggles to provide for his family with his job as a public school teacher. A former MMA fighter with a devastating punch, Brendan begins to wonder if he, too, could have a shot at winning the coveted purse. In time, Brendan and Tommy both emerge as dark horse contenders in the competition, setting the two brothers on a brutal collision course. But Tommy and Brendan's biggest battle won't be fought in the ring -- it will be fought in their hearts and minds.
Warrior - DVD Review
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Published on: 12/20/2011 5:02 AM
|I'm kind of a huge meathead, so I'm admittedly biased towards movies that revolve around two humans clobbering each other to jelly in the middle of a cage. So maybe it's not surprising that I found the mixed-martial-arts underdog story/he-ain't-heavy-he's-my-brother family drama Warrior to be an emotional experience, despite how familiar most of it is. The movie is about as subtle as its title suggests, and it doesn't really break new ground in any sense of the word, but it's moving in a blatant sort of way. The tricks it uses to work your tear ducts and adrenaline glands are tried and true (and delivered, it's got to be said, with the finesse of an atom bomb), but they still work pretty well....read the full review|