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Warrior - will he win in the end?
Member Name: siberian-queen
Advantages: Gritty, punch packing film with a story
Disadvantages: none for me
Film review of Warrior
Warrior 2011 Directed and produced by Gavin O'Connor
Running time 140 minutes
Warrior is a film that appealed to me from the start. I have always liked the Rocky films and this brings back memories of the first one. It is a gritty story that packs a punch without getting caught up in all the glitz and glamour of so many films these days.
Tommy (Tom Hardy) is an ex marine who has seen better days to fair he seems to be looking for something and fighting appears the way he may find what he is searching for. After joining a gym he see's an advert for the Sparta tournament, which is a mix of boxing and martial arts - right up his street.
The story goes through Tommy's journey to the tournament but cleverly sneaks in and out of a few other story lines too.
The first is his dad - bring in Nick Notle - a now ex drunk who was a nightmare farther and husband but as it turns out a brilliant coach and that is how the pair re-connect. The relationship is a tenuous one and not straight forward as in the film memories are hauled out and maybe forgiveness is wanted but not necessarily given.
The brother Brendan (Joel Edgerton) who is doing well or so it seems to the outside, a teacher and family man but can he leave his past behind him? Or does he need his past to reconnect with his future?
I loved this film and watched it from start to finish enjoying every minute and would happily do so again.
It is quite violent in the sense that it is based upon boxing, mixed martial arts and cage fighting; but that said I have seen a lot more violent films and I guess this is why it is rated a 15 in the UK.
It is more of a guy film I guess due to the subject matter but girls if you do watch it plenty of muscle bound eye candy in the cage! And guys not to be left out - Brendan's wife is played by the lovely Tess Conlon.
Like I said before it has that Rocky type feel about it where the down on his luck guy fights to prove himself and improve his future. With the effects in the film being not so glamorous, a lot is shot in darker scenes especially at the beginning it gives you that sense of trouble ahead, which I like.
The ending was a little too abrupt for me, it worked but I would have liked a little bit more. They let you know where the characters are going but it might have been nice to see some more of it.
So who is going to win the tournament of Sparta? And what will happen after it? You will have to watch it and see!
Avaliable on LoveFilm, Blockbusters to rent and to buy on Amazon and Ebay plus other shops for about £5 and £10 if you want Blu-ray.
Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username.
Summary: A gritty story and film that packs a punch - if you liked the first Rocky you'll like it