Sports films have usually had some sort of inspiring tale that can be very uplifting for the audience. These movies always have to have an underdog who ends up being a very big part of the movie. In Warrior, Tommy overcomes all sorts of adversity. His dad leaves him and his older brother at a very young age. His family fell apart because of alcoholism. Tommy ends up using that as his drive to become a very good boxer which also brings him home money. This movie represents a couple things like never giving up and putting family over everything.
Boxing films, however, are the most introspective of the bunch. Inner turmoil and family hardships always play a part outside of the ring and often prove to be the biggest opponents to prevail over. There is no team when it comes to fighting; outside of your trainers and coaching staff, it's all a mind game to be at peace with one's self.
The movie Warrior fits this underdog take all kind of plot. This plot is a little different from the other fighter movies because it encompasses every single struggle he goes through. While on this journey, he has to become a better person. Little does Tommy know that his older brother that he lost contact with is doing the same thing because he is struggling with money. These kind of movies are what audiences love to watch.
To start you off with some background, Warrior is not a boxing film; instead, it goes for the more modern edge with UFC fighting. The combat in Warrior is brutal and lean, mixing up punches with deadly kicks and submission holds.
The film's plot design is two brothers. A torn apart family and conflicting personalities, enter a UFC tournament and are set on a collision course for a heated reunion. But the only problem is that they want to beat the crap out of each other. But it's the journey to that point of impact, where Tommy (Tom Hardy) and Brendan (Joel Edgerton) train and grow to understand what they are both fighting for, that's where the film shines.
A big part of this movie is the two brothers trying to forgive their father. This is what makes this movie so emotional for the audience. The father forced a lot of strain on these two boys who are now rivals. But the only way for that to end is for the final fight to happen.
Brendan's wife shows you what is looks like to be worried about her husband. Frank Grillo is his trainer who trains him to beat the best. Nolte ends up becoming Tommy's trainer which makes this movie even better.
A film centered on two brothers vying for redemption with the other relies almost solely upon their heavy shoulders. It's further crucial when the story has them pounding other giant-sized men as if they were bags of meat waiting to thaw. Warrior supports two actors who go beyond the distance required for a sports film of this nature. Tommy and Brendan are both fully believable as UFC fighters and there's no visible or physical sign that they couldn't handle being in the caged ring.
Tommy is almost a polar opposite of Brendan. A rough soldier of duty who has a vigorous attitude that translates perfectly into the world of UFC fighting. He seems to be more of an emotional nutcase than Brendan and has a great deal of withheld aggression towards certain family issues. Hardy is a giant who dwarves Brendan. when they finally come face to face, but that's how Tommy is meant to be portrayed compared to the more nimble physique of Brendan.
These are two brothers, although seamlessly unlike, who together share a bond that carries over through endless resistance. This is why the ending of Warrior will have audiences standing in cheer. These men are fighting for family. These men want to create a bond that will never be broken. The climax is exciting and unpredictable but also a terrific emotional resolution for every character in the film. Most importantly, the troubled brotherhood between Brendan and Tommy finally comes to a heartfelt and rewarding conclusion. Hardy and Edgerton deserve most of the praise since their performances are essential to Warrior being such a moving picture.
Good story, good cinematography, good acting, good fights.