Warrior Is The First Really Good MMA Movie
Quick, name a good movie about mixed martial arts.
Did you come up with one? Probably not because they don’t exist…until now.
Gavin O’Connor‘s New Age sports film blow previous craptastic iterations of MMA out of the water. It’s not cheesy, doesn’t have a lame story and is almost totally devoid of eyebrow-rolling fight scenes (remember Bloodsport‘s blind fight scene?). Nope, none of those crippling moments are in Warrior. Instead, you have a strong story built around the world of MMA.
I admit, I was hesitant when seeing the screening this past week. I’ve seen everything from Gladiator (the Cuba Gooding Jr. one, not the Russell Crowe one) to Fighting and they’ve all stunk to high hell. Warrior pleasantly surprised me with its dark story, gritty cinematography and fight scenes that, for the most part, lacked the overly dramatic moments and solid acting. Nick Nolte‘s role as the sobering father Paddy really held the film together while the roles of brothers Tommy Conlan (Tom Hardy) and Brendan Conlan (Joel Edgerton) offer two different perspectives on life.
Without giving away too much of the story, Warrior is about two brothers who enter a tournament where the winner is guaranteed to have their life changed. And in an abysmal economic climate, the brothers need a new lease on life. Their father is despised by both brothers but soon enough everything is brought full circle. Even if you’re not an MMA fan, you can appreciate the movie’s strong story.
Check out the trailer as the film is set to hit theaters on September 9th.