Warrior: Movie Review by a Mississauga Chiropractor

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Just watched Warrior (2011), staring Tom Hardy (Inception), Joel Edgerton (Star Wars – Revenge of the Sith), Nick Nolte (Cape Fear), Jennifer Morrison (House) & Kurt Angle (WWE/TNA).

Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime – and the wreckage of their broken family – within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting.  An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan/Conlon (Tom Hardy) returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte), a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for Sparta, an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport.  As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton), a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family.  Even though many years have gone by, past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father, Paddy. But when Brendan’s unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives.

This was an excellent movie.  The fight scenes, even though they were quite graphic and brutal, kept me on the edge of my seat.  It’s emotional without being sappy. It’s funny without being goofy. It’s inspirational without going over the top. It’s hard to say anything bad about it. Even if you have no interest in martial arts, you will get something out of this movie.  Warrior is one of those sports films with a magical mixture of emotional and physical battle. It’s a wonderful story showing how sometimes the world’s strongest forces are insignificant in comparison to the troubles of a scarred family. Warrior is without a doubt worth a visit to the theater. One of the best of 2011.

I would give this film a 10/10 stars.  Definitely check it out!  Happy Viewing

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