Warrior, not to be confuse with Warriors, tells the story of two brothers, one of whom is an ex-marine, the other is a school teacher, and they both start fighting MMA, and must eventually come to terms with why they are estranged from one another.
Tommy Riordan comes home to Pittsburgh haunted by his days in the military. He gets his father to train him as a fighter, and fighting in a cage is what every father should be training his son to do, and he gets on the fast track to fight the champ. His brother starts fighting again to help support his family, because they just don’t pay the teachers enough, y’know?
Anyways, they are estranged, probably because their father was an alcoholic, and as they fight, they must also confront one another and one will probably get hurt before fighting the champ, and the other one will take his place and win.
That last part was just a guess though.
The film was primarily written and directed by Gavin O’Connor, who also directed the crapfest Pride and Glory starring Edward Norton and Colin Farrell, so he knows stories about brothers who are estranged but need to overcome their differences. He also knows how to make a bad movie.
Oh, but this one has MMA, which all the kids are into these days.
Who’s It For?
Either PG-13 or R.
Movie Release Date
Who’s In It?
Tom Hardy … Tom Conlon
Jennifer Morrison … Tess Conlon
Nick Nolte … Paddy Conlon
Frank Grillo … Frank Campana
Joel Edgerton … Brendan Conlon
Bryan Callen … Himself
Kevin Dunn … Joe Zito
Noah Emmerich … Dan Taylor
Kurt Angle … Koba
Jennifer Morrison wants me. She wants me bad.
Also, Kurt Angle, playing Koba, is not only a Pro Wrestler, he also won an Olympic Gold Medal in wrestling while he had a broken neck. He is tougher than you.
Not me. I’m tough like Gumby.
Fighter, Never Back Down, Lionheart
What’s Good About It?
Tom Hardy was amazing in Inception, and Jennifer Morrison is hot.
What’s Bad About It?
Hollywood thinks that anything that has to do with MMA will make money. So they make the same movie they made 20 years ago with Jean Claude Van Damme, only with cages instead of Vietnam or Korea or wherever he decided to kick ass that week.
Our Clever Prediction
I have some hope for this, primarily because Tom Hardy rocks. I’m a big MMA fan, which makes it hard for me to accept the overdone fighting they have in these films, but it could still be decent. My hope is that the tone is similar to Pride and Glory, so that instead of some stupid Fighter or Never Back Down type of film O’Connor actually tries to make a decent film that just happens to have MMA in it. Fingers crossed.