Warrior (2011) Movie Review

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Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton in Warrior (2011) Movie Image

“Warror”, Director Gavin O’Connor’s exciting yet flawed film about two brothers who become involved in a high-stakes mixed martial arts event, benefits from the tremendously impressive performances of relative newcomers Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton.

Tommy (Hardy) is a soldier with a mysterious past who enlists the help of his formerly alcoholic father (Nick Nolte) to train him to be a mixed martial arts fighter in a high-stakes tournament. Tommy’s older brother, Brendan, is training for the tournament, for the sole reason that his high school teacher salary is not sufficient to provide for his family.

The morals of the film, in particular the importance of family, seemed to be forced on the audience a bit too much. For instance, the expected confrontation between the two brothers essentially consists of Brendan and Tommy condemning one another’s past behavior, and at one point Tommy seems to be pretending that he does not know who Brendan is. Screenwriters Gavin O’Connor, Anthony Tambakis, and Cliff Dorman seemed preoccupied with reinforcing the film’s important themes, so that one is eager for the slow-moving scenes to end and the fast-moving fighting scenes to commence.

Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte in Warrior (2011) Movie Image

The final moments are incredibly exhilarating in an edge-of-your-seat manner.

Edgerton, Hardy, and Nolte are successful in creating believable family dynamics, and you cannot help but root for them to forgive one another for any mistakes they have made in the past. Despite the fact that 2010′s award-winning boxing film, “The Fighter,” was based on a true story and “Warrior” is entirely fictionalized, the latter is as grounded in realism as is the former.

While Edgerton and Hardy are the surprises here, Nolte also shines, as his character’s regret for all the pain he’s caused his family is evident in his eyes. He wants to be forgiven for not being there for his sons, and his unsuccessful attempts at reconciling these relationships are devastating to watch

“Warrior” is by no means a perfect sports film, but it is an excellent showcase of the talents of rising stars Hardy and Edgerton.

Gavin O’Connor (director) / Gavin O’Connor, Anthony Tambakis, Cliff Dorfman (screenplay)
CAST: Joel Edgerton … Brendan Conlon
Tom Hardy … Tommy Conlon
Nick Nolte … Paddy Conlon
Jennifer Morrison … Tess Conlon
Frank Grillo … Frank Campana
Kevin Dunn … Principal Zito
Maximiliano Hernández … Colt Boyd


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Author: Alyssa Christian

Alyssa is a petite movie snob currently residing in the Boston metro area, although she plans to eventually move away from this terrifyingly annoying New England weather. She is an aspiring screenwriter/novelist/film critic, and a certified Harry Potter geek/amateur fashionista/pop culture fanatic. She can't choose one favorite flick of all time, though her favorites include It's a Wonderful Life, the Back to the Future trilogy, Inception, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=114700493 Dominique Hatcher

    I still can’t believe that’s a young Jean-Luc Picard and Owen Lars on the poster!!! Who the hell is their trainer?!?!?

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    saw this today it was awesome —

  • Sharonvanas

    Finally a freaking fantastic movie, hope that it gets the recognition it deserves. Make more movies like this.

    • Sharonvanas

      Warrior – wow, what a movie. Make a warrior II please.

  • http://www.facebook.com/austin.malby Austin Malby

    Flawed? “…so that one is eager for the slow-moving scenes to end and the fast-moving fighting scenes to commence.” That is not a flaw, that is called building up suspense. The best movies build up suspense. You must not be a fan of Tarantino or Hitchcock if you consider that a flaw.