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on 3 October 2016
A surprisingly involving film, “Warrior” takes the world of Mixed Martial Arts as the setting for this moving and dramatic tale of two brothers and their estranged father.
A film that could so easily have followed the clichéd pattern of so many sports melodramas (particularly the boxing genre) this one manages to add a few twists that carries it above the expected norm.
There are fine performances from Hardy and Edgerton as the brothers – one a teacher returning to fighting due to financial difficulty, the other an ex-soldier honouring a promise. The third factor is provided by Nolte, who puts in a very well measured, understated performance as their recovering alcoholic father.
What makes the story work so well is in the balance of sympathy the plot gradually builds for each character; In my opinion it is inevitably difficult to take sides, as details of each character`s past and present situations are revealed and as the pair find themselves in the same tournament culminating in their ultimate confrontation.
Aside from being a well-scripted piece, the camera-work and editing of the dynamic fight scenes - particularly the spectacle of the tournament - is dynamic and effective, making for brutal, but compelling viewing.
An emotional and rousing sports movie, well considered and compulsively entertaining.