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Warrior
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01.19.2012 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
Gavin O'Connor

Actors:
Tom Hardy
Joel Edgerton
Nick Nolte

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two estranged brothers (Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy) find themselves pitted against each other in a no-holds-barred Mixed Martial Arts Tournament, with a five million dollar purse. Complicating matters, one of the brothers is being trained by their remorseful, recovering alcoholic father (Nick Nolte), who's determined to win back the love of the sons.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
What else can I say about WARRIOR that I havenít already said? If the amount of money a film made was a direct result of their quality, WARRIOR would have been one of the yearís box office champs. Sadly, it tanked- badly, opening and closing without making much of an impact.

Luckily, the film is now out on Blu-ray, and if you were among the many who missed it the first time around, nowís your chance to catch up with one of the very best films of 2011. The thing is, I can understand why it wasnít a hit. It was sold as an MMA action flick, and while thatís certainly part of it, WARRIOR is more than that. More than anything since the first ROCKY, this is a film about where the fights themselves may in fact be the least important thing about the film, even though one would think they would define it. Remember how in ROCKY, Sly lost in his battle with Apollo, but it didnít matter, because he went the distance and learned to believe in himself. By the time he walked into the ring, he was already a winner. WARRIOR is similar in that it builds to an inevitable battle royal between the brothers, but who untimely wins or loses isnít all that important, but rather that theyíre able to settle their family demons and forgive each other.

One of the saddest things about WARRIOR is the plot line involving Nick Nolte, who gives one of the performances of the year (fingers crossed heíll be remembered later this month when the Oscar nominations come out) as the fallen family patriarch, badly needing forgiveness from the sons he brutalized. WARRIOR lets you empathize with Nolteís character, while still acknowledging that the things heís done are perhaps unforgivable. Itís a tight balance, and one of the things that made Gavin OíConnorís film such a deeply emotional ride.

THE EXTRAS
WARRIOR gets a pretty decent Blu-ray package, with a commentary track featuring star Joel Edgarton and director Gavin O'Connor starting things off. Next up is a thirty minute making-of, titled Redemption which is standard, ut informative. We only get one deleted scene which is a lengthy one between Nolte & Hardy, but was probably wisely cut, as at 140 minutes, WARRIOR was already on the lengthy side. MMA fans will get a kick out of the next three featurettes , with one examining the climatic fight between Hardy and Edgarton, another on MMA strategy with imput from real fighters, and finally a tribute to Charles "Mask" Lewis, Jr, the founder of "Tap-Out".
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
One thing that needs to be singled out here is the atrocious cover art for the WARRIOR Blu-ray and DVD, which is atrocious for a film of this quality. Considering its box-office performance, would it have killed the studio to spend a little time coming up with a cover that might intrigue people, rather than give them a clumsy photoshopped still? Bad cover art aside, WARRIOR is a phenomenal film, and one that deserves to find the audience it didnít find in theaters. Even if the trailers/reviews havenít roped you in yet, give it a shot. You wonít regret it.
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11:49AM on 01/19/2012
Completely overhyped. Mediocre directing, shaky cam, a multitude of cliches and some truly cringe inducing scenes. I enjoyed the film but do not understand the hype.
Completely overhyped. Mediocre directing, shaky cam, a multitude of cliches and some truly cringe inducing scenes. I enjoyed the film but do not understand the hype.
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3:07PM on 01/19/2012
Like I have said solid acting all around & especially by Nolte but it was still cliched & overly long.
Like I have said solid acting all around & especially by Nolte but it was still cliched & overly long.
11:36AM on 01/19/2012
It's not always about doing something entirely new--sometimes it's about taking something that's been done and doing it so well that it feels fresh. Warrior succeeded and then some. I'm glad Bumbray mentioned Nick Nolte in the review. His performance was one of my two favorite supporting ones this year and I can't understand how it's not getting any attention.
It's not always about doing something entirely new--sometimes it's about taking something that's been done and doing it so well that it feels fresh. Warrior succeeded and then some. I'm glad Bumbray mentioned Nick Nolte in the review. His performance was one of my two favorite supporting ones this year and I can't understand how it's not getting any attention.
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8:31AM on 01/19/2012
Sorry but I have to agree with Bumbray here. Although the underdog story is nothing new to the cinema world, a film about two underdogs fighting each other was fresh, and although Hardy's character was a prick, he was a prick but for very realistic reasons. And yes, he kicked everyone's ass but at the end he had to fight his brother! Of course there would be an emotional element added to his performance. Unlike films like Hanna or Drive which I expected more and gave me less, in the case of
Sorry but I have to agree with Bumbray here. Although the underdog story is nothing new to the cinema world, a film about two underdogs fighting each other was fresh, and although Hardy's character was a prick, he was a prick but for very realistic reasons. And yes, he kicked everyone's ass but at the end he had to fight his brother! Of course there would be an emotional element added to his performance. Unlike films like Hanna or Drive which I expected more and gave me less, in the case of Warrior it was the other way around. 2011, for such a meh kind of year in films, Warrior was by far the movie that moved me the most. Sadly though, it doesn't matter a transvestite Sandler or glittering vampires make more money than this type of film.
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5:49AM on 01/19/2012
totally agree with ya justjoe, this movie was sooo overhyped on here, it was mediocre at best.
totally agree with ya justjoe, this movie was sooo overhyped on here, it was mediocre at best.
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2:51AM on 01/19/2012
Read all those praises I have to say the movie is highly overrated! The underdog formula has been done to dead, most recently by "Rocky Balboa" and "The Fighter". And while the way the flick is cut, shot and scored pumps you up and the acting is pretty good, the movie has quite some flaws as well (besides being nothing new). Biggest flaw for me was Hardyīs character, which I could never care for. He acted like a complete dick, dominated pretty much every fight (even against top rang fighters,
Read all those praises I have to say the movie is highly overrated! The underdog formula has been done to dead, most recently by "Rocky Balboa" and "The Fighter". And while the way the flick is cut, shot and scored pumps you up and the acting is pretty good, the movie has quite some flaws as well (besides being nothing new). Biggest flaw for me was Hardyīs character, which I could never care for. He acted like a complete dick, dominated pretty much every fight (even against top rang fighters, go figure) and if you would have stripped that cliched war hero-backdrop, you would have had a pretty one-dimensional baddie, nothing more!
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