Film review: Warrior

26 Sep

warriorDir: Gavin O’Connor

Sometimes beating your brother senseless really is the only way to show that you love him. This crowd-pleasing piece of nonsense makes no attempt to break any new ground but as The Wrestler and The Fighter showed there’s still mileage left in a good old-fashioned underdog story. Estranged brothers, Tommy (Tom Hardy) and Brendan (Joel Edgerton) find themselves all oiled up and ready for the ultimate family reunion when their paths cross in a mixed martial arts championship. Will they find forgiveness and redemption in the fighting ring? It doesn’t take a crystal ball to work out. Happily bulldozing through every sports movie cliché going, Warrior is only redeemed by the performances of its two beefcake leads and an outstanding turn from Nick Nolte as their recovering-alcoholic father. A must for all fans of the Rocky movies, it’s hard not to admire a film that so successfully pummels the audience into submission. Now tap it out!

Rating: 4/5

Review by Ewan Fraser

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