Warrior is an action-drama centered around Tommy (Hardy) and Brendan Conlon (Edgerton) who get into a mixed martial art fighting tournament called Sparta. The film is directed by Gavin O’Connor and stars Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton along with Academy Award nominee Nick Nolte, Frank Grillo and Jennifer Morrison.
A very overdone plot -where a guy fights to save his family and the ones that he cares about - was very well presented. The story wouldn’t have been able to attract the crowds if it wasn’t handled well.
The story was well built and had a perfect balance of drama and action as it slowly moved from the family life to the tournament. The whole second half was full of nail biting fights in the championship along with peoples’ reactions and expectations.
The writer gave proper attention to the characters giving details of their backgrounds that ultimately gives them the motive to be a part of the tournament.
A Russian fighter named Koba, played by Kurt Angle, was introduced. He had never lost any fight and was proposed to win the championship. As an audience you are anxious to know which out of the two Tommy and Brendan is going to fight him and who will finally win the war? You as a viewer don’t want to answer that, coz not only it is hard for you to decide but also difficult for you to pick your favourite. The director had so cleverly introduced the protagonists and narrated their stories that it is simply impossible to choose.
The action director must be praised for all the fight sequences as both the protagonists had their own way of fighting which was completely different from the other.
The climax was unexpected and appropriate. I really like endings that don’t have a montage at the end saying ‘…and they all lived happily ever after’. I like films that cut as soon as the conflict is resolved.
The dialogues were carefully written and placed to reduce the pressure on the viewers that is building continuously. They will definitely bring a little smile on your face. You can read a few of these here.
The movie was very well directed, giving no space for any kind of loopholes or continuity errors. I was waiting if there is an error in the movement when the camera switched to different angles, but I couldn’t find any.
From my experience I can say that the pre-production was really strong. The director knew exactly what he wanted and hence even minute details like stubble, random messages on the gym white board etc. were taken care of.
The art department did a nice job taking care of the different looks of gyms, classrooms and of course that of the tournament.
The cinematography had something new. There was a very slow shift of focus from one subject to another in various scenes, which I felt was nice. There were some POVs in the fight sequences that looked brilliant. It appeared as if the hands came out of the camera and hit the fighter.
The actors did full justice to their roles, the efforts in bringing out the appropriate look was seen.
I loved the movie completely. I am not going to say anything here just for the heck of writing something.
The Verdict :
Tom Hardy already has movies like Inception, Rocknrolla and awaited The Dark Knight rises in his credential and Warrior is an addition in the same. The movie will definitely bring Joel Edgerton to the limelight and we expect to see him in good projects in the future.
This is one of the best films of 2011. It’s a Must watch for guys as well as girls, and if you find no reason to watch it, just go for Tom Hardy.
The Scales :
Acting and Cast : 9/10
Script : 8.5/10
Direction : 9.5/10
Cinematography : 9/10
Editing : 9/10
OVERALL RATING : 9/10
My Experience :
I believe that it is these kinds of films that make us like Hollywood so much.
I saw the film after an 8 ‘o clock morning lecture on a Sunday after a Saturday night where hardly slept and I wasn’t drowsy at all. I didn’t need coffee, cola or popcorn to pass the time. The movie held me right from the start till the end.
There were several scenes where I wanted to get from my seat and cheer for Tommy or Brendan. However, there were moments in the movie where the audience got so involved that everyone clapped and people started celebrating as if we were watching a live match.
After watching Warrior, I am even curious to watch The Dark Knight Rises. I am eager to see Bane (Hardy) take over Batman (Bale).