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Posted 25th May 2013 at 07:55 AM by Bringer Of Funerals

Last night I watched Warrior which is an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) film about two brothers played by Tom Hardy & Joel Edgerton that don't get along.

Tommy (Joel) is an ex marine that is haunted by his past of almost drowning and dying which has made him go off the rails. Brendan on the other hand is an ex MMA fighter who is now a teacher and also has the perfect family but he has a problem, he has no money coming in and could lose his house.

That is until they both hear about a huge MMA event called SPARTA which could turn both of their lives around.

Now let's be honest, if you've seen THE FIGHTER then you know what to expect, this is near enough the same story just with a different sport and I will admit it was a good film which starred lots of real MMA fighters and UFC stars (including WWE / TNA wrestling star KURT ANGLE which puts in a menacing performance).

It just wasn't what I expected, yes the fights are well filmed and it is like watching a UFC event in the fight scenes.

I just didn't warm to any of the characters and it was more drama then action (which can be a good thing) but this left me cold as you can see who the main fight is going to be against before it even gets there.

The film rushes to it's main event final and it seems that in the film everyone and their dog is really into MMA like a religion and their TV is stuck on the channel that is showing MMA, UFC, ESPN MMA News (anything to do with MMA).

It just seemed rushed to me like they had ran out of ideas so it was a quick let's get to the main event.

So i'll end it here by saying if you like MMA check this film out, otherwise your not missing much as their are films that tell this type of story better.
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    pedromonkey's Avatar
    Stu you completely missed the entire point of the film, it's not about MMA it's about a family torn apart that reunite under the guise of MMA fighting. It's about two brothers and their alcoholic father. I'd recommend watching it again, it's a fantastic film and no there no other films that do this kind of thing better, the MMA films that are out there are for the most part cheap knock off's of Never Back Down.
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    Lou Longshanks's Avatar
    I wasn't put off so much by how MMA was depicted in Warrior but more of how predictable the film's outcome became. Like you said, Warrior recycles heavily from The Fighter. Mickey Ward and Dick Eckland construct the identities of Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy's personas respectively. Yet I feel Warrior is a fantastic film because Nick Nolte makes for an unforgettable supporting actor. There is depth to Paddy Conlon that Melissa Leo was never able to capture in her depiction of Alice Ward. Conlon decides the crucial character arcs that take place during the closing acts of the movie and ultimately it is his own flawed traits that reunite the brothers and divide them, he seemingly grows up as an individual where Alice Ward does not.
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