2 hours, 19 minutes
PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.
for sequences of intense mixed martial arts fighting, some language and thematic material.
Added DVD Features: Closed Caption; Feature audio commentary with filmmakers and actor Joel Edgerton; Redemption: Bringing Warrior to Life documetary; Philosophy in Combat: Mixed martial arts strategy; Simple believe: A tribute to Charles "Mask" Lewis, Jr. ; -Cheap shots: Gag reel; Brother vs. Brother: Anatomy of the fight; The Diner: Deleted scenes with Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte (with optional commentary); Selected scene on-camera commentary with filmmakers and Nick Nolte.
Joel Edgerton ...
Tom Hardy ...
Nick Nolte ...
Jennifer Morrison ...
Frank Grillo ...
Kevin Dunn ...
Maximiliano Hernández ...
Brendan (Joel Edgerton) and Tommy (Tom Hardy) are estranged brothers who
find themselves separately training for the same mixed martial arts
championship fight, in which the winner gets a $5 million prize. Brendan
is a family man living in the Philadelphia suburbs with his wife (Jennifer
Morrison) and two daughters, earning a living as a high school
teacher but sparring in parking lot bouts to make extra cash, a hobby he
promised his wife he'd quit.
Tommy, who lives in a small
mining town in western Pennsylvania, has returned home from war under
mysterious circumstances, showing up on his father's doorstep expecting
the violent alcoholic he grew up with but finding a 1,000 days sober,
broken down old man (Nick Nolte) instead. Brendan's wife learns that Tommy's started mixed martial arts training at the local
gym with his father. It's the
same training they did together when Tommy was a high-school wrestling star. But in this fractured family, neither brother knows
that the other one will be at the championship.
While both Brendan and Tommy refuse to reconcile with either their dad or each
other, it's only Paddy (Nick Nolte) who wants reconciliation between his sons. The only thing Brendan and Tommy can agree on is how much they
hate their father. What makes Warrior so affecting is the movie's top notch performances. Joel Edgerton is sympathetic but
never mawkish as the put-upon family man while Tom Hardy is feral and violent making the fights hum with intensity
and passion, so much so that it's sometimes a little hard to watch the incredible violence. At nearly two and a half hours, Warrior directed by Gavin O'Connor ("Miracle") feels an hour shorter than that, clipping along through conflict both
physical and mental, despite its familiar sports movie formula. This is a uniquely affecting tale of self-discovery and redemption. It's far better than most run-of-the-mill sports movies.