Warrior (2011) | Movie review

Rated: 18
Genre: Action drama, sports
Running Time: 2 Hours 20 Minutes
Director: Gavin O’Connor
Cast: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison, Nick Nolte

“The youngest son (Hardy) of an alcoholic former boxer (Nolte) returns home, where he’s trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament — a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother (Edgerton)” (Source: Nusantara Edaran Films).

Verdict: Most fighting sport films like this are expected to be slow and dramatic but is this yet another Raging Bull, Rocky, or Million Dollar Baby? Not entirely and not as great either. Warrior is not all about mixed martial arts (MMA), it’s also a story about consequences, forgiveness and family. Realistic fights with cool technical moves, and a fantastic ending to close the curtain. Incredible performance from Tom Hardy too. However, the film suffers from the cliches of the genre, and the failure to emotionally engage the viewers to the characters before the ending.

Least favourite quote: (SPOILER BEGINS HERE, not the exact line) “Y’all know what it’s like to grow up in the neighborhood, right? Which is why I organized this tournament to find out who’s the best.” – the organiser/founder of the Sparta MMA tournament (SPOILER ENDS HERE)

A battle between… strength (Tommy) and technique (Brendan). The trailer had already spoilt the movie for me a little because from it, I knew that Tommy and Brendan would not lose until they face each other.

Kurt Angle irony: He’s famous for being the American wrestling gold medalist but in this film, he plays the role of a Russian fighter called Koba.

Rating: 4 / 5

Second opinion: “Liked it when they started to fight, the beginning is freaking boring” (Iris Loong).

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  1. Isaac Tan

    lol, freaking boring in the beginning would be the correct word. The storyline is good, towards the end, action picks up.

    Scenes move wayyy too slowly.

    This movie kind of reminds me of American History X. But i liked that one so much more.

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