Director Gavin O’Connor perfectly balances emotion and actions with a broken family involved with Mixed Martial Arts in the sports, drama Warrior. Tom Hardy plays a marine who comes home after 14 years to enlist the help of his ex-alcoholic father played by Nick Nolte to train for a fight in a Mixed Martial Arts tournament. In the mean time his brother played by Joel Edgerdon is a teacher and also an ex-fighter who is about to lose the house that his family lives in decides to fight in the tournament to win the 5 million dollars in prize money. This is more then a movie where fighters jump in a ring and beat each other to death. First it begins with the inner family conflict, then moves into anger and denial and concludes with healing. That doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of action which the director keeps slim and trims in the ring with no blood flying all over the place. (The lack of blood is my wife’s observation who is a teacher and looks out for the kids who could attend this movie) This film is engaging, powerful and in and out of the ring you have genuine empathy for the characters. This is one of those sports movies that will not matter if you are blind or not you will feel the emotion because of the dialogue and not just because of what you see in the ring. Yes I could see (no pun intended) what was going to happen in this film but over all it was fantastic and I’m giving it an A- rating.
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.