Becky and I went to see the new movie Warrior this past week at the AMC Theater in Castle Rock, CO. The Fandango website at Warrior, which is a good site to check for show times, describes the movie as follows:
“Two estranged brothers and Mixed Martial Arts fighters confront the forces that tore their family apart as they prepare to do battle in the ring in this drama from director Gavin O’Connor (Pride and Glory). Tommy Riordan (Tom Hardy) is an ex-Marine from Pittsburgh who’s never quite shaken his troubled past. Upon learning that the purse in an upcoming MMA tournament is the largest in the league’s history, Tommy recruits his father (Nick Nolte), a former coach and recovering alcoholic, to whip him into shape in time for the competition…”
Warrior is up there with The Debt as one of the better movies we’ve seen this year. The characters are interesting, the story is very well done and it’s an exciting movie like Rocky. However, it’s not all about martial arts fighting, but the dynamics between a family in pain from resentment and bitterness. The movie has a number of plot twists that will keep you interested in the flick with a few surprises.
The amount of hatred that one of the characters has been caring his whole life toward his father and brother has defined who he has become. It reminded me a bit of the story of Absalom, the son of King David in the Bible who rebelled against his father then King because of decisions David had made that had angered him. Fortunately, the outcome in this film is better than that of Absalom, but like that story it really shows how unforgiveness can destroy lives.
Nick Nolte is amazing in this movie and should get an award for his portrayal of the father. The two brothers looked like they could be brothers and it’s wild.
Becky and are are both giving Warrior a “Don’t Miss It”. Be sure and put it on your list, even if you’re not a fan of Mixed Martial Arts, you should really like this movie.
John – **** Don’t Miss It
Becky – **** Don’t Miss It
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