movie review: Warrior

I am SO GLAD I watched this movie last night. Warrior is one of those underrated movies most people won't be that excited to watch because it has a hardly known cast and wasn't that fully marketed. The main reason I went to watch it was because I thought the trailer was good and I love mma(mixed martial arts) action. Comes the best part after somebody watches the movie... Warrior turns out to be above expectations and one of the best movies of the year.

This is not your simple cliche martial arts action movie, it is truly a movie that portrays the will and determination towards winning a goal. It also has the drama part of the movie showcasing how important family values are and how important those ties remain strong. The mma action was also great and nicely choreographed. Highly recommend my peeps at BJJ Borneo and Kinabalu Fighters to watch it! Makes me wanna go back learning BJJ again... Anyway, the start of the movie was a little slow but it contributes to the excellent buildup of the characters and mma action. All this leads to a heartwarming inspiring movie with a good dosage of mma action. I'm not gonna talk about the story and characters of the movie because if a movie is simply that good, I try not to spoil anything at all. Just go watch it. By the way, for you Batman fans out there, actor Tom Hardy who acts as Tommy Riordan is Bane in the next Dark Knight movie! - My Rating: 5/5

Starring: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Writer: Gavin O'Connor, Anthony Tambakis, Cliff Dorfman
Studio: Lionsgate
Genre: Action, Drama
Official Site:

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 in Lionsgate's action/drama, Warrior. 

An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for 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, 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 years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. 

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.


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