Warrior - 4.5/10
Directed by Gavin O'Connor
Cast - Tom hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton
The youngest son (Hardy) of an alcoholic former boxer (Nolte) returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament -- a path that puts the fighter on a collision corner with his older brother (Edgerton).
This could have been a great movie.What could have been a good storyline was fucked up by too many cliches,plot holes,continuity and an inkling of an idea of what is Mixed martial Arts about.
First the competition,there is no fucking way a fighter fights so many matches in a space of few days.That is just stupid.If they had written like say one match per month,at least that is alittle more believable.They could have added training scenes and other family bonding or emotional scenes along.It would have been definitely better.The writers could have made more use of Hardy and Edgerton instead of just fighting.And both are pretty decent actors.
I really enjoyed how Hardy and Edgerton acted as brothers that were torn apart and all but unfortunately that was just in one scene which kinda came out of nowhere.They just both happened to be at a beach???
You also briefly see scenes about the history of both brothers.Younger brother joined the marines but went AWOL,He comes back and fights in a national televised fighting event.Apparently no one knows who and where he came from but at the finals,they knew him and he was gonna kenna charged from the marines but they allowed him to fight first.Really???
Since when did the military do shit like that? Elder brother on the other hand,is a Physics teacher in school and all but he has a family and house bills and shit to pay so he gets suspended from school because he fought in some underground fighting thingy and then decides to join the same national televised event to win 5 millions bucks.And their father is a recovering alcoholic who happened to beat their mother to death or some shit like that.That is just too much shit to take in a 140mins movie.I don't know why people are giving so much praise to Nolte's performance.It was no Mickey Rourke's The Wrestler nor was it a Christian Bale's The Fighter performance.It was shit.Nick Nolte is a lanjiao actor.He's either mumbling gibberish or he is barking like a junkyard dog filled with ticks.Fuck him. Even Kurt Angle(former WWE wrestler) who acts as a Russian fighter(and I don't think he spoke) did a better job acting.
I did like the fight choreography but sadly even that was ruined by shitty camera work and editing.Whats with the fucking split screens?
Like I said earlier, This could have been a great movie.
My advice to the director and writers of this movie is simple. Its either you go the Rocky approach or you go the Rocky 2,3,4 approach.You cant have both.Because if you do,it will suck just like Rocky 5.
Just wait for the DVD release to watch this.
Brendan Conlon: I know this isn't a great time. And it's too bad about Marco. But what about me?
Frank Campana: You talking about Sparta? Brendan, please. You got a better chance of starting a boy band.
Tom Conlon: Not much of a woman's touch around here.
Paddy Conlon: No women for me anymore, Tommy.
Tom Conlon: Yeah. Must be tough to find a girl who could take a punch nowadays.
Tom Conlon: So you found God, huh? That's awesome. See, Mom kept calling out for him but he wasn't around. I guess Jesus was down at the mill forgiving all the drunks. Who knew?
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Pride and Glory