“Warrior” Brother Power, Emotionally Male

Genres:Action/Adventure and Drama
Running Time:2 hr. 19 min.
Release Date:September 9th, 2011 (wide)
MPAA Rating:PG-13 for sequences of intense mixed martial arts fighting, some language and thematic material.

Director: Gavin O'Connor

JJ Rating: A-

A family torn apart by an alcoholic father, Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte), is only partially brought back together by two brothers. Tommy Riordan (Tom Hardy) decides to come back to his father only for training to win a mix martial arts tournament. Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton) decides to get back into the ring to win a mix martial arts tournament to save his house and family. The broken family faces off against one another emotionally as well as physically. The two brothers go toe to toe in the final, powerful fight that's a bone breaking and spirit building battle. Warrior.

6 Good Things About This Film

  1. It is predictable, it is easily see through, however, so is life...at times. Warrior is a film that I foretell the end and predict scenes, but that didn't lessen the enjoyment of its power.
  2. Warrior is powerful due to the acting by Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte and Jennifer Morrison (Tess Conlon, wife of Brendan). As a matter of fact, everyone did very well. These are the core four.
  3. The film is a male oriented. This isn't a feminized male film with faux emotions. This is how the male mind works. Very within. Less talking, more physical. The way the brothers talked, the way the father-son conversations went...it made sense to me. It worked so well. It didn't water it down like many films do.
  4. Tom Hardy is one of my favorite actors. He's in a film and I want to see it. I know that he'll be worth it. In Warrior he blew me away. One of the most powerful acting I've seen all year long, and I'll even bet for the rest of the year. He doesn't beat Tom Hiddleston in Thor, but Hardy does a darn good job. One I'm sure the Academy cannot ignore.
  5. The end of Warrior is slightly predictable, but the way it ends with the lines and the force to push a decision was powerful. It was emotional in a male way. There's been a drought of films like this. I liked it, a lot because of that.
  6. This will be on the Man Movie List. Movies that are about men, for men. Like Brian's Song, not as good, though.

1 Bad Thing About This Film

  1. It had slow moments, but not so slow that it felt as long as the time suggests. For me the slow moments worked with the storyline. I have to mention it as bad because I noticed them. After the film finished I realized how needed those moments were.

The Academy must recognize Tom Hardy as well as Warrior itself. Seeing how there are an over abundant amount of Best Picture nods, this must be in that power ten.

Warrior is predictable like films can be, but the predictable was backed by powerful and therefore astonishing. Worth seeing. Worth owning. Worth many awards. 

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