3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Riveting piece of fim making - one of the best of 2011,
This review is from: Warrior [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
Without knowing anything about the film, the title Warrior evokes images of a gung-ho Hollywood action piece. All brawn, and no brains. But Warrior is anything but.
The premise is actually nothing new. Two brothers from a troubled family, both fighters with their own problems, and an ex-acoholic estranged father looking for redemption, and a national cage-fighting tournament with a $5 million winner-takes-all purse. So far, so unoriginal, and in many ways Warrior plays out like you would expect. Those looking for originality need not apply, but those who take the trouble to watch this will enjoy a riveting piece of film-making which has become one of the stand-out moments of 2011.
What Warrior does well is tell a great story. As I say there's nothing original here, and ultimately the events are somewhat unbelievable. But if you can get past that you'll see great characterisation, a solid script, and action sequences which will please anyone but a UFC enthusiast.
Both Edgerton and Hardy put in sterling performances, but Nick Nolte really steals the limelight with an oscar-worthy performance of the father trying to make amends with his sons.
The third act is thrilling, if a little unrealistic, but I couldn't help but be gripped until the end credits rolled. Even my wife enjoyed it, and that's saying something as a movie about fighting is the last thing she would usually choose to watch. All in all, I'd rate this as one of the very best movies of 2011, only surpassed by masterpieces such as Drive. It's not perfect, but to give this 4 stars feels almost churlish.
A word on the BluRay. Some reviews have commented on the poor transfer, but there's alot of common misconceptions out there. There is a heavy veil of grain throughout much of the movie, but this is exactly how it's supposed to look. Either due to the film stock used or the application of digital grain, this is exactly how the director wanted it to look, and people need to remember that BluRay is designed not to "make everything look good", but to preserve the original artistic intent to the highest quality. In this regard Warrior on BluRay does just that. It's not going to win any awards for "reference" image quality, but it has a filmic quality to it and that's all you can ask. Audio-wise, dialogue can sometimes be difficult to hear so you may need to turn up the volume.