‘Warrior’ Lands Emotional Punch

Two brothers face MMA combat in one of the best sports movies in years.

Two brothers slug out their emotional baggage in the moving, melodramatic sports movie Warrior.

Joel Edgerton plays Brendan, a family man who earns a living as a teacher and extra cash moonlighting as a fighter. His brother Tommy, played by Tom Hardy, is a brooding war veteran who has returned home under mysterious circumstance.

Their father Paddy, played by Nick Nolte, is a once-violent alcoholic who is sober. The only thing the brothers have in common is their hatred for their father.

After a series of mixed martial arts (MMA) fights, the two brothers face off in a winner-take-all cage match. Brendan needs the money to save his home and family. Tommy wants to win for a friend and fallen soldier. Paddy just wants his sons back.

The brutal MMA fight is the perfect backdrop for a family drama that could leave a lump in your throat.

The flick-o-meter gives Warrior a five out of five. This film should be recognized come awards time. Is it in the same category as a Rocky, Raging Bull or The Fighter? We will see.


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