Sunday, 11 December 2011

Warrior (2011)

Director:Gavin O'Connor
Stars:Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte and Joel Edgerton

"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 corner with his older brother (Edgerton)."

"So you found God, huh? That's awesome. See, Mom kept calling out for him but he wasn't around. I guess Jesus was down at the mill forgiving all the drunks. Who knew?" - Tom Conlon

Warrior is an inspiring tale of brotherhood and overcoming the odds,but being a fictional sports film it does feature a number of extremely obvious cliches that for me personally took away from the film's emotional punch.Despite that the film is very well acted from lead stars Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton who play the two brothers who are set to collide and whom are both desperate to win.My biggest problem with Warrior is that while its not a bad film it just uses many real life elements,names,brands and problems and just serves them up in over the top and highly unlikely ways which are off putting.

Tommy Conlon is back in town after a falling out with alcoholic father(Played By Nick Nolte) Tommy is former champion fighter but after hitting rock bottom is ready to fight again requiring the assistance of his battered father.Tommy's brother Brendan is a Physics teacher and family man who is on the verge of bankrupcy,fearing the worst Brendan goes to great measures to make a better life for his family by entering midnight fights in the parking lot of a strip club.The brothers are entered into an international MMA tournament where the winner will receive $5 Million Dollars, Desperate to win both brothers must face each other in the final.

From the look of trailers I thought Warrior looked very similar to last years Academy Award winning film "The Fighter" especially the element of distant brothers and family members,Unlike The Fighter, Warrior doesn't have the distinction of being based on real life events and The Fighter is a much better film because of the realty and quality.Warrior isn't all bad though it is a heart warming tale despite its story flaws,The way in which the film shoe horns in a military element is quite ridiculous,The performances are the cornerstone of the films charm as it features some terrific ones and also its fight scenes are really well done and choreographed.

Tom Hardy continues his good run of form and gives another solid performance here as Tommy.Nick Nolte is also good in his role as Paddy,But it is Australian actor Joel Edgerton who in my opinion steals the show,He plays the underdog character terrifically and you really get behind and support him which is a credit to Edgerton's acting ability.

Warrior isn't a bad film but its use of overdone cliches kept me from loving it,Although its flawed story isn't told in a bad way.The films saving grace is its terrific performances especially Edgerton's.Warrior is an entertaining and inspiring way to spend 2 and a half hours but just don't except the enthralling and intelligent film that "The Fighter" was.

Tom: 2.5/4

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