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A review of Warrior- Starring Tom Hardy

Updated on December 9, 2014

A another boxing movie. Is it any good?

A warrior emerges!

Ultimate fighting comes to the big screen again.

Starring Tom Hardy (Inception), Joel Edgerton (Star wars 2 and 3, as Uncle Owen Lars), Nick Nolte and Jennifer Morrison, Warrior is about a family of boxers, and mixed martial artists, torn apart by Alcoholism. Two brothers enter a 16 man "tap out" ultimate fighting tournament with a prize of $5,000,000. The elder brother Brandon (Edgerton) enters because his wife and two daughters are about to lose their home to a foreclosure. Tommy (Hardy), loves the sport and wants to help the widow of a fallen marine. This event is so hardcore and prestigious that the world champion decides to travel all the way from Russia and compete in this tournament held in the U.S.

Lets cut to the chase! I liked this movie over all. I absolutely loved the first 2/3 of it. In fact, I was ready to call it the next Rocky. But then, of course, they tried to turn this awesome story with some incredible fight scenes and great acting into a fairy tale. So much more could have been done with the ending and how it affected the rest of the movie.

I thought that Tom Hardy stole the show and Jennifer Morrison and Nick Nolte were good, as they always are. They set up the main matches perfectly and brought great emotion to this. There was one big problem- Joel Edgerton! He absolutely did not fit and was totally unplausible in every way. I would have the movie at the top of my list for 2011 if it wasn't for him. What a shame it is that one casting mistake could have such an effect.

I won't call it a must see, but I liked and will give it 3 1/2 out of 5 bloody noses. Definitely see it on the big screen if you can.


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      MikeSyrSutton 6 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      I agree. The story was touching, but since I'm a guy, I love the butt kicking! LOL

      Thanks Amy!

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      AmyBigmore 6 years ago

      Totally agree about Hardy stealing the show, that man's so talented.

      I think the thing that surprised me about this film was that although it was a film about people fighting I think it was ultimately about a really disfunctional family who happened to be fighters and their story was really touching.

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      MikeSyrSutton 6 years ago from An uncharted galaxy

      I agree! The movie would have been an awesome modern day classic if that one role was caste better! Joel Edgerton was completely wrong for this part. I can't think of one role I really like him in. however, I still liked it because the film itself was real and true to the sport. rocky was an underdog, but he looked like a totally athlete and an intimidating specimen. Edgerton did not!

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      drbj and sherry 6 years ago from south Florida

      Mike - The fight scenes were bloody and realistic but Edgerton as an actor can not match the skill of the rest of the cast. He wore the same pained expression throughout the film and at the end I felt that pain, too.