Starring: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison
Written by: Gavin O’Connor/Anthony Tambakis/Cliff Dorfman
Directed by: Gavin O’ Connor
Similar to last year’s The Fighter, Warrior is a movie that is more character drama than about actual fighting. And on the whole this works; the three main characters are compelling and devestating, and their story is interesting enough to grab your attention. But unfortunately, what ultimately keeps Warrior from being a really great movie is the fact that, well, it’s not really all that original.
Warrior stars Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy as a pair of estranged brothers living in different areas of Pennsylvania. Brendan (Edgerton) is a retired MMA fighter who has given up the world of fighting to be a science teacher, while Tommy (Hardy) has returned home after a tour in Iraq, scarred and sullen. When TapOut announces a 16 man “best of the best” tournament, dubbed “Sparta”, the two begin training in order to get into the event. Brendan seeks out his old friend/trainer Frank (Frank Grillo) to get him back into fighting shape, while Tommy begrudgingly asks the help of their father Paddy (Nick Nolte), a former alcoholic who the two brothers have much resentment for. And despite the fact that one brother was retired for many years and the other has just started, they get into the tournament which is supposedly for the greatest MMA fighters on the planet (I’m guessing the UFC and other major promotions kept their guys from competing). What follows should not be too entirely shocking, if you’ve seen the trailer.
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