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A review of Warrior- Starring Tom Hardy
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.