I picked up Warrior not expecting much, but looking forward to watching Tom Hardy kick the crap out of a bunch of people, whilst Nick Nolte mutters away in the background. People had been comparing it to Rocky, and the unbelivabally cliched story of two brothers facing off against each other for a MMA world title, without anyone realising, until the last minute, that they were brothers, meant that I wasn’t expecting much more than some ultra violence wrapped up in a sports drama package.
I was so wrong to have such low expectations of this film.
Don’t get me wrong, Warrior is a formula film, but it is also the best example of it’s formula that you are likely to see for some time.
Whilst the action is intense, and the world of MMA is presented in a good, solid light, Warrior is strangely a film that is anti violence. It’s a tale of redemption and forgiveness, of two brothers, gone separate ways after their abusive and drunk father split the family in two.
The brothers are now forced into the ring for two very different reasons, and of course end up facing each other in the final bout of a $5 Million World Championship. It’s a clever film that has you gunning for both brothers to win, and never allowing you to know which way the fight will ultimately go.
Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton go toe to toe in one of the most intense big boss battles you’re likely to seen on screen, but the real power is in what happens after the final punch is landed.
A taught, emotional roller-coaster that will have you on the edge of your seat, and reaching for a box of tissues.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read