Warrior (Devil’s Advocate Review)
I’ll tell you what: you do that to someone on the street and they’d lock you up and throw away the key! Break out the yellow tape, Sam. Tommy’s walking away from the cage like he’s leaving a crime scene.
Warrior like almost every other movie out there currently is not anything original. In the day and age of movie remakes. Warrior takes a bit of other previously done movies and adds new twists.
Gavin O’Connor, who previously did 2008’s Pride and Glory & another sport film 2004’s Miracle, directs this film. O’Connor does well in some aspects but fails in others. We are given glimpses and hints at certain subplots but not all full enough to completely understand or enough for the audience to sympathize with the characters and what they went through in the past that made them what they are currently.
For those living under a rock and haven’t seen or heard anything about the film, the plot is about two brothers who enter a MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) tournament. From first glance from the trailers, there seems like nothing else to the film. In actuality, there is much more to it. There is a very powerful family drama behind it. The brothers Tommy & Brendan separated after 14 years with very different demeanor’s due to past struggles with father, Paddy. These very demeanor’s and struggles both of them experience are the driving forces. From the moment Tommy (Tom Hardy) shows up on-screen, you can tell he is resentful and bitter especially at his father Paddy (Nick Nolte). With Brendan (Joel Edgerton), we see him at his kid’s birthday party playing around showing him as a dedicated family man. Overall you can say this movie is a family drama with MMA as the background.
When it comes to the movie itself, it’s hard not to predict the outcome, well at least the final match. O’Connor did well trying to mask that but it was inevitable. As far as the acting, Hardy (Inception, Bronson) was very convincing as the troubled fighter with a huge chip on his shoulder. Granted his accent here has drawn many comparisons to Sylvester Stallone’s in Rocky. For the most part a majority of his screen time has him not speaking so it wasn’t a major issue. Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) as the other brother did well here and did well with his role as the financially issued family man doing what he can to save his home for his family sake. Nolte excelled as the now sober father trying to make up for past mistakes that drove his family apart. If I have to pick the weakest actor who had decent screen time, it would be Jennifer Morrison (TV’s House) as Brendan’s wife. To be fair, it’s what her role called for when it came to be the concerning wife of a fighter.
Overall the film is entertaining but suffers from the lack of likeability that the main character Tommy has and the lack of detail some of the past incidents that make the characters what they are.
In actuality, I loved this movie. I’m a fan of MMA but you don’t have to be to enjoy this film. Like I mentioned above, the MMA is more of the background here. The real story here is the family aspect. It was very touching and moving. I was in awe with the performances of Hardy and Edgerton. Both men played their roles great for what their characters called for. This is a movie that is sure to get some Oscar buzz and from my guess Nolte will get some consideration. I was looking forward to this movie and left the theater more impressed than I expected.
Posted on September 20, 2011, in DA Film Review and tagged Animal Kingdom, Bronson, Gavin O'Connor, House, Inception, Jennifer Morrison, Joel Edgerton, Mixed Martial Arts, MMA, movie review, Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy, Warrior. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.