Warrior [REVIEW]

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With Wit, Reviewed By Kimmo Mustonenen

Things are getting heavy.

Summer is at an almost end.

If not for 3D Sharks, I would be singing the award movie song – like internet Karaoke.

Not just yet!

Ass kicking flies from the screen – and into your head.

And it has a name:

“Warrior”.

From time to time, by the merest chance, you come across a film carried by the combat sport that nevertheless manages to find the right balance between drama and action and more importantly (if you’re REALLY lucky), with more drama than action that it becomes a backdrop for everything else.

And then the action has it’s own drama, which makes the action dramatic-er.  For it is only when the fighting is justified by a compelling scenario that they become emotionally more intense and rewarding.

Right?  Right.

“Warrior” refers to a world of mixed martial arts where the gladiators of the modern clash in a hexagonal cage both feet on the ground, due to gravity.

The creation of an international tournament imagination, “Sparta”, will on the same trajectory Paddy (Nick Nolte), Brendan (Joel Edgerton) and Tom Conlon (Tom Hardy), which are all part of a family torn apart and removed in the past through an excess of favoritism and neglect.

I’m not afraid to say that.

Manka Bros., Khan Manka, Behind The Proscenium, Kyrle Lendhoffer, Kimmo Mustonenen, Kimmo On Kino, Warrior, Gavin O'Connor, Anthony Tambakis, Cliff Dorfman, Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo, Kevin Dunn, Maximiliano Hernandez, Bryan Callen, Sam Sheridan, Fernando Chien, Jake McLaughlin, Vanessa Martinez, Denzel Whitaker, Carlos Miranda, Nick Lehane, Laura Kenley Chinn, Capri Thomas, Lexi Cowan, Noah Emmerich, Dan Caldwell, Timothy Katz, Julia Stockstad, Josh Rosenthal, Kurt Angle, Erik Apple, Anthony Johnson, Nathan Marquardt, Roan Carneiro, Daniel Stevens, Panuvat Anthony Nanakompanom, Hans Marrero, Yves Edwars, Amir Perets, Jimmy Cvetic, Jace jeanes, Jake Digman, Richard Fike, Andre Masons, James Houk, Aaron Kleiber, Brian Raymond Rowe, Lambert R. Strayer, Roman Vasylyshyn, Jonathan Matthew Anik, Rashad Evans, Stephan Bonnar, Michelle Dawn Mooney, Tim Bickel, jack Fisher, Jeff Hochendoner, Armon York Williams, Adam Stanley, james Dreussi, Kevin Hanley, Tammy Townsend, Etta Cox, Sandy Notaro, Francesca Ortenzio, Jaime Sinue Aguirre, Tracy Campbell, Tom McCue, Lisa Elizey, John J. Kelly, Jamie Marshall, David Mimran, Greg O'Connor, Jordan Schur, Mark Isham, Masanobu Takayanagi, Sean Albertson, Matt Chesse, John Gilroy, Aaron Marshall, Randi Hiller, Dan Leigh, James Donahue, Abigail Murray, Rachel Kick, Craig Ayers, Rosemary Lara, Curtis Miller, George Parra, Donna Sloan, Deon Boyce, Jamie Marshall, Susan Ransom-Coyle, Joe Arnold, Leo Welsh, Jesse Ross, Ezra Dweck, Lauren Fraser, Caitlin McKenna, Dana McCommon, J.J. Perry, Alex Andres, Darrell Abbott, james Arone, Michael Day, James Dever, Sean Dylan Conley, Dana Dancho, Gary Ebron, Susan Bambara, David Dilley, Emma Cate Minkler, Gracen Minkler, Nancy Minkler, Tallulah Minkler, Heidi Brook Myers, Jared Ortega, Thane Watkins, Brian HartmanTom resurfaced in the company to get the help of his father, recovering alcoholic in passing (not recovering in real life), to the physical and mental training for participation in the tournament.

In parallel, Brendan returns sweat in the halls of fighting in the hope of winning the award of $5 million to restore interest in life to his family in need.

I could restore my own interest in life for much less that $5 million – settling for $1.5.  Maybe just $1.

However, as would more or less expected, although these two mad dogs will face some of the toughest fighters that MMA has created, the real battle appears to be in them.  At each other.

Paddy is fighting for the forgiveness of his son, Tom is fighting to prove to himself that he is strong physically and mentally, and Brendan is struggling to reconcile with his family.

I was fighting the popcorn (note to theater managers – melted butter flavored Crisco is not a substitute for real butter.  My mouth is stuck together still with a bad 70′s bathhouse flavor.).

Each brother has his own reasons respectable to face combat, reasons that will divide the audience when it comes time to choose to support one or other of the brother’s finalists.

For its part, the scenario is almost epic, presented in a very committed.  Almost epic.  Remember this.

Manka Bros., Khan Manka, Behind The Proscenium, Kyrle Lendhoffer, Kimmo Mustonenen, Kimmo On Kino, Warrior, Gavin O'Connor, Anthony Tambakis, Cliff Dorfman, Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo, Kevin Dunn, Maximiliano Hernandez, Bryan Callen, Sam Sheridan, Fernando Chien, Jake McLaughlin, Vanessa Martinez, Denzel Whitaker, Carlos Miranda, Nick Lehane, Laura Kenley Chinn, Capri Thomas, Lexi Cowan, Noah Emmerich, Dan Caldwell, Timothy Katz, Julia Stockstad, Josh Rosenthal, Kurt Angle, Erik Apple, Anthony Johnson, Nathan Marquardt, Roan Carneiro, Daniel Stevens, Panuvat Anthony Nanakompanom, Hans Marrero, Yves Edwars, Amir Perets, Jimmy Cvetic, Jace jeanes, Jake Digman, Richard Fike, Andre Masons, James Houk, Aaron Kleiber, Brian Raymond Rowe, Lambert R. Strayer, Roman Vasylyshyn, Jonathan Matthew Anik, Rashad Evans, Stephan Bonnar, Michelle Dawn Mooney, Tim Bickel, jack Fisher, Jeff Hochendoner, Armon York Williams, Adam Stanley, james Dreussi, Kevin Hanley, Tammy Townsend, Etta Cox, Sandy Notaro, Francesca Ortenzio, Jaime Sinue Aguirre, Tracy Campbell, Tom McCue, Lisa Elizey, John J. Kelly, Jamie Marshall, David Mimran, Greg O'Connor, Jordan Schur, Mark Isham, Masanobu Takayanagi, Sean Albertson, Matt Chesse, John Gilroy, Aaron Marshall, Randi Hiller, Dan Leigh, James Donahue, Abigail Murray, Rachel Kick, Craig Ayers, Rosemary Lara, Curtis Miller, George Parra, Donna Sloan, Deon Boyce, Jamie Marshall, Susan Ransom-Coyle, Joe Arnold, Leo Welsh, Jesse Ross, Ezra Dweck, Lauren Fraser, Caitlin McKenna, Dana McCommon, J.J. Perry, Alex Andres, Darrell Abbott, james Arone, Michael Day, James Dever, Sean Dylan Conley, Dana Dancho, Gary Ebron, Susan Bambara, David Dilley, Emma Cate Minkler, Gracen Minkler, Nancy Minkler, Tallulah Minkler, Heidi Brook Myers, Jared Ortega, Thane Watkins, Brian HartmanGradually, through his dialogues, we see the past events of this family torn apart and motivations of characters to keep such hatred in them are revealed gradually. This drama is of course made possible and given credibility by the immense talent of these three headliners.

All three, each in their ways, infusing their characters an unwavering charisma.  Wavering charisma just wouldn’t cut it and makes sit-coms intolerable.

Nick Nolte had not been touched since the long, very long years (literally – his last mug-shot has him stuck to the internet porn now, and luckily it is free), Tom Hardy, appearing more monstrous than ever physically (biceps!), proves once again that the method of the Method Acting has not finished dazzle us, and in between, Joel Edgerton has not to be ashamed of its performance even if he has to work extra hard not to give way completely opposite to its partners, and in doing so, not suck too much.

Only on the horizon, the role of Jennifer Morrison is under-exploited (Captain Kirk’s mom!) and Nick Nolte seems to have been somewhat forgotten in the last third.

The final could also have been treated differently but how to avoid clichés with a subject that is a cliché in itself (two brothers confronting end up in the same tournament).  But a cliché used in the service of a cliché within a cliché?  Genius.

Therefore it is appropriate to say that overall, the director is doing very well.

Although much entertained (still angry at the popcorn – screw you, Crisco!) my thumbs aren’t engaged to the level of my brain stem.

Still, the thumbs are fighting gravity to the sky.

“Warrior” is cool.

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P.S.  My mind wanders around Patty Smyth.  This would make a better movie:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIDaBF8LILk

The dancers know Bob Fosse Kung Fu!!!!!!

P.P.S. (What is the rule?)  Fall TV!  Fringe in two weeks!  Where is Peter?  Or… where isn’t he?!?  Guesses are appreciated!

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Comments

  1. Fred Thomas Fred on September 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm said:

    Why didn’t anyone see this movie? The reviews were good.

  2. Hollywood Joe on January 26, 2012 at 4:49 pm said:

    Nick Nolte got an Oscar nomination for this? I thought it was dumb action movie.

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