Sunday, May 20, 2012

Movie Review: Warrior - When Brothers Clash

Fighting movies have always been pretty popular, and we have had some really big titles in that genre, like Ali (2001) and Million Dollar Baby (2004), not to mention the Rocky series. Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior (2011) can certainly hold its own in the list of great fighting movie titles. A touching and well-written backstory combined with good looking fight scenes is the key to a great fighting movie, and O’Connor really hit the nail on the head with his movie.

The plot is about two estranged brothers, Brendan (Joel Edgerton) and Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy), who share a love for mixed martial arts, but have a complicated family history involving their father (Nick Nolte) and the death of their mother. After years of living apart and holding grudges, both brothers enlist in the same mixed martial arts tournament and end up facing each other in the ring.

As I’ve said before, the combination of plot and fight scenes is what makes this movie so good. Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy are both very good actors, they both succeed at emoting the audience and having us feel empathy for them. The movie is filled with complicated family-relations, rivalry between brothers as well as big brother caring for younger brother, father and motherly love, friendship and sense of duty. All these emotions climax in one final moment that makes it hard for even the toughest and coldest viewers not to get teary-eyed.

The fight scenes themselves are thrilling to watch. The matches don’t look like choreographed dances, as they do in most action and kung fu movies. They actually look like real MMA fights, exhausting, brutal and painful. Great choreography in combination with some good looking camera work causes the audience to flinch at some brutal shots. Entertainment at its best.

Warrior is another recent title that scores pretty high in my book. Joel and Tom made very convincing brothers. Tom Hardy is one of the rising stars of the past years, and he deserves all the attention he has been getting. Definitely a movie I recommend, not only for the MMA fans, but also for the general movie fan who likes a touching story.

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