After seeing Warrior, I think I can confidently add one more movie to the list above. It is not a cool sports movie, or even a fun one, but I'll be damned if it's not an emotional one. The story is set up throughout the near-perfectly paced film and it basically goes like this: two brothers who are not very fond of each other are both into MMA fighting. They have completely different lives and backstories other than the fact that their father was a drunk and ruined the family. There is clearly a lot of drama between the entire family, especially since the mother has passed away. To make a long story short, both brothers need money, and somewhat unknown to each other, they end up in the same 16-man, bracket-style, MMA tournament fighting for $5 million. As Im sure you can guess, they end up fighting each other in the championship. Supposedly the movie is based on a true story, but I really wonder how much of it is true. I believe that two brothers maybe fought each other (I dont follow MMA), but I dont really believe all of the drama that unfolds behind the scenes. But that doesn't matter.
|Tom Hardy as Tommy on the left and Joel Edgerton as Brendan on the right.|
Random UFC ref in the center.
|Introducing: Tom Hardy's shoulders. I mean seriously, those would make|
Dwight Howard blush. Can't wait to see him as the new Batman villain.
|"Here...smell my hand! SMELL IT!"|
I was surprised by Warrior. I had heard it was good, but honestly, good doesnt cut it for me in sports movies. I want a classic film or its not really worth my time. Warrior is maybe not a classic, but it gets so close and pacts such an unusual emotional punch that it might as well be.
If you are looking for a engrossing story, a great sports movie, and a somewhat unique movie experience, I would take a swing at Warrior.
- Phenomenal story that is presented logically and over the course of the entire movie
- Top notch acting by all; makes it all the more emotional
- The fight scenes are expertly done. They feel dangerous, real, and intense
- Follows some sports movie cliches, but either does them so well or so little that it doesnt matter
- That final fight is truly an experience. The movie comes down to that one moment, and in that one moment it is perfect
- The dad story line is necessary, but it distracts from the true drama of the movie. It should have had a less prominent role, or been explained via less screen time
- Still has some sports movie cliches in there
- The ending is abrupt. It's fine as is, but I would have liked a little more closure
Rath's Review Score: 8.5/10