"Warrior" maybe be about MMA fighters, but at its core it is a family drama. The story about regret for past actions and having to live with it for years to finally get a chance to prove yourself. Another theme it tackles is the importance of family and how powerful a bond it can be. What are you willing to sacrifice for your families well being? Are questions the movie asks. But overall, the movie is about forgiveness. We need to forgive those, regardless of how much they hurt us, who truly regret their actions. It is a short life and we can't carry our pain and grudges on forever, we have to move forward and the only way to do so is to forgive.
While the movie is fairly deep it is predictable, but director, Gavin O' Conner, does a incredible job of creating tension and drama on scene. We already know that the two brothers are set to face off against each other towards the end, but both sides are given equal attention. No one side feels as if they have more to lose than the other. The screenplay is fairly strong and filled with raw family emotion. The movie starts off with two separate stories, but intertwines and fits perfectly together near the end. The film maker doesn't find it interesting to tell us everything in the past of this family aside from a few implications, but that's alright it gives us the audience a chance to fill in the blank. Which works well with the overall film, about forgiveness, and that sometimes are memories are vague of what actually happened. While it is a family drama, the MMA stuff takes center stage. The fights are brutal and electrifying. At the same time it is used to expand the drama and story of the film. I was literally holding on to my seat during every fight.
Characters and acting are great. Tom Hardy's jaded war veteran character has probably the most layer and emotion. His life hasn't always been good and even though he is considered a hero, he knows the real tragedy of war. He has always been fighting for his mother, country, and now his past. Joel Edgerton plays a physics teacher, who is in danger of having his home foreclosed and having to leave his life behind. Not wanting to disappoint his daughters, he moonlights as a MMA fighter, putting his body and lively hood on the line just to make ends meat. Nick Nolte plays the father of the two leads. He was a alcoholic and he basically ostracized himself from his family. All he has is regret and when he has a chance to make things right again, he leaps at the opportunity. In my opinion the cast was all Oscar worthy, they portrayed dimensional characters to a tee to were my brother thought this was a true story.
Music is incredibly well used, adding to the tension and drama. It electrifies, chokes you up, and creates great drama and at the end it is very inspirational. The movie is well edited and they do a pretty cool montage in the middle of the film that could go toe to toe with "Rocky."
Overall "Warrior" is an incredibly deep story about real life issues we deal with and an under appreciated gem of a classic. It may be predictable, but the director and and actors create such a drama that you can't help, but get absorbed into the story. In my opinion this is the best movie from last year and will become a classic and is our modern day "Rocky." I give it, 5/5, impressive directing, well acted, and just a really good movie.
I am disappointed that this movie didn't get more recognition, it is a fantastic movie. I wish it had been nominated for Best Picture and maybe even a few other awards, like editing or screenplay. I highly recommend people check this movie out. Not only is it a great family drama, but also a great sports movie about two underdogs.