Warrior (12A)

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Warrior

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Tue Sep 20 2011

Bulky brothers go head to head in this action drama aimed at the ‘Rocky’ market. Joel Edgerton is Brendan, a father and fighter-turned-teacher struggling in Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, former Marine Tommy (Tom Hardy) trains for the same martial arts title. Both need the money and they have the same father, Paddy (Nick Nolte).

‘Warrior’ has many things going for it, not least its cast. Edgerton is supremely sympathetic as the cash-strapped father while Hardy’s in his element as the strong silent type and Nolte’s on fine growling form as a repentant alcoholic. The fight scenes are well choreographed and suspenseful. Plotwise, the film is on less solid ground, relying on cliché and coincidence with backstory holes that feel more like editing errors than subtleties. When someone orders Tommy to hand over his pills, that’s the first and last we hear of any drug problem. This doesn’t pack a punch like ‘The Fighter’ – but it’s still a must for grapple fans.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Sep 23, 2011

Duration:

140 mins

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scrumpyjack

Roughly an hour of mumbling, growling and shouting along the lines of "I ain't EVER gonner forgive ya!" then a lot of quick cut, 12a violence and (gasp!) forgiveness all round! Still quite enjoyable, buy 25 years too late. 6/10

Ric

This film was ok,i mean it has GREAT potential as UFC style fighting offers a brutal punch but very misjointed.Fighting didnt really get going until final scene although wheneva Tom Hardy entered the ring he was an animal :-) The acting wasnt convincing and please dont write the weedy teacher storyline was brilliant or believable because it just wasnt.Yes its only a movie but i like to feel apart of it along with the acting-Letdown! The Fighter was a better movie in every way!

Rob Mills

Ok so this movie will always be pared by cliche but as far as sports based movies go it's one of the best, the performances are strong from all the main cast and the fight scenes have a realistic edge which has been largely missing from similar films such as 'the fighter'. The parallel will always be drawn between the two but with the exception of Bales remarkable performance 'Warrior' is the more intreresting story! I also found the on screen chemistry between Hardy and Nolte fantastic as a desperate father and a reluctant son! A nod should also be directed towards the soundtrack which is excellent with the climatic final scene made all the more touching with the haunting tone of 'about today' by The National! In all it was a very welcome addition to the genre and really deserved to do much better than its US box office figures, it has to rank as one of the best sports movies of all time and as I stated in my opinion a superior product than 'the fighter' with a few twists and some brutal action to keep the pace for the casual fan!

leanne

what a film......amazing from beginning to end.Nick Nolte shows he is still a great actor but all i can say is thomas hardy makes the film.The fighting scenes are unbelievable and the story is also touching and tearjerking.A film for both girls and boys if you like your fighting films.....Thats if you can actually concentrate on what is actually going on as Tom Hardys beautifulness is rather distracting!!

leanne

what a film......amazing from beginning to end.Nick Nolte shows he is still a great actor but all i can say is thomas hardy makes the film.The fighting scenes are unbelievable and the story is also touching and tearjerking.A film for both girls and boys if you like your fighting films.....Thats if you can actually concentrate on what is actually going on as Tom Hardys beautifulness is rather distracting!!

Ian

A film that succeeds, just, despite its many faults. You can imagine the pitch for the film. Its Rocky for the modern generation with MMA replacing boxing, a disillusioned ex marine and his brooding brother and a father whose relationship with his sons has been ruined by drink and domestic violence. Yet sobriety and Jesus saved him. Thats the problem in a film that has just too many subplots that are thrown in with no real explanation and make for a messy film that reallyonly gets going until the fighting starts. We have the misselling of sub prime mortgages to a family with no apparent ability to support their lifestyle of a big house and two cars; the failures of the American health care service ruining the finances of a young family; a father who drunk and apparently beat the boys dead mother; there is her un resolved cancer death that apparently came between the brothers; the jealousy between the elder brother and the younger golden child; the unaccounted for Olympic dream and why did he join up; the non developed military hero story and the friendly fire death; the relationship between the elder brother who gave up fightng for a family and teaching and his trainer / best friend with subtle homo erotic undertones; the unorthodox yet inspiring rebel teacher. A film that would be much better with a third of the plots and much more storytelling. Count the cliches because they just keep coming with a redemptive reuniting ending. It succeeds, just, despite the chaos around it.

Trey n Deam

Film took best part of hour to really see the great action fighting. Didn't think Nick N (the dad) really had any real part and a better story line could have been used than a broken family, but it did display the real pain and trauma soldiers, marines suffer after and during their service/fighting. 1orth the watch but don't worry if yu running late to see it.

john o sullivan

the film starts with the national on the soundtrack,melville on audiobook and nolte on camera how can it fail? well the next 120 minutes of badly directed,written acted and cliched tosh is the worst film ive seen (no 40) this year then as the ending comes and goes in its faux rocky way about today by the national blares out providing a memorable coda the film doesnt deserve

Rohne Hill

Oddly enough quite compelling, treating the fenced octagon as a battlefield for incendiary family fallout and male catharsis really worked. However there was a myriad of other ways in which the narrative could have developed or cliche dodged. If only the brother angle had been hidden from pre launch promotion.

unmovedfilmgoer

This is a well-acted film, but with some cheesey scenes and an unrealistic plot. Tom Hardy is very convincing, and Nick Nolte is great. What happened to Jennifer Morrison? Has she shrunk? The fighting scenes are great, but some other bits like a physics teacher teaching some principle by getting his students to hit things comes across a bit naive, and the motivation of the teacher character to risk his life is daft - what, because he wants to live in a big house instead of a small one?! It was fairly enjoyable mainly towards the end, but overall, the stars are for the acting..