ByRay Vejnar, writer at

Gavin O’Connor, the director of the popular film Miracle has once again got our adrenaline pumping with his film Warrior. This movie is a fast pace action-drama in which we find two brothers fighting in the biggest mixed martial arts tournaments of all time, all the while dealing with family relationships and drama.

While, overall, the movie does not throw many major plot twists at its viewers, and is fairly predictable. It is still a must see, the reason being this film is more of a drama unfolding through the high impact sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). It is unlike other films of this nature, such as Rocky or Never Back Down, in the sense that the story line is much more developed. It follows the story of two brothers Tommy Conlon played by (Tom Hardy) and Brendan Conlon played by (Joel Edgerton) who have grown up in an abusive family.

When the family splits both brothers are left to fend for themselves in an unforgiving world. Both brothers begin to rely on their skills as excellent MMA fighters. When the two brothers eventually meet in the world’s largest MMA tournament everyone is ready for what it sure to be the most emotionally charged fight in MMA film history.

Warrior Is An Epic For The Ages

The first half of this 140 minute film is all character building, that being said it moves very fast as all the while we are trying to understand just what has happened the last twenty years or so the brothers have not seen or talked to one another. As the story progresses the past experiences of both brothers is laid out with impeccable timing allowing the movie to flow together seamlessly.

This flow is largely thanks to the skill in the writing and directing of Warrior, but without strong acting a good story line does not hold a whole lot of weight. Luckily Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, and Nick Nolte three truly gifted actors bring the broken Conlon family, as well as the script of the movie to life.

Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton in 'Warrior'.
Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton in 'Warrior'.

Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton both prepared for their roles in this movie by spending time working with real MMA fighters in order to better play the parts of gifted MMA fighters. As expected this strategy makes for some great choreography in the fight scenes of the film. However, the fight scenes over all are a little hard to follow as the camera is wiped around the set, and the actors move just as furiously on the set.

An Emotional Climax

As the climax of this movie comes to a peak most would be able to guess who of the two brothers is going to win the final fight, but the way the movie is set up it makes you not really want only one brother to win, you want to see both brothers take home the win at the end of the tournament. Seeing as that can not be the end of such a competition the end of the movie can bring a lump to the throat of just about any viewer so come prepared with tissues.

This emotional ending is again largely thanks to the acting of Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton. The film score also helps to really get you choked up in the end. A very dramatic ending to a very dramatic movie.

Not many MMA movies can be considered good, but following the rags to riches story of Tommy and Brendan in this movie was able to pull it off. Putting a new spin on a story line that is as old as any sports film in history. With fast paced, hard hitting and dramatic fight scenes. This movie is quite good The acting was Oscar quality really allowing you to be sucked into the story line. Whether you are in need of a good adrenaline rush, or a good heart warming story Warrior combines the two with incredible skill.


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