Warrior

Monday, September 26 th, 2016 at 00:09 am 

Warrior

JOY REVIEW

Warrior stars Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy as brothers who are estranged, not only from each other, but from their father who’s played by Nick Nolte. You may recognize Joel from Animal Kingdom, which was a little seen but terrific movie; I remembered his face, and didn’t remember where I knew him from, and Tom Hardy from Inception, and Nick Nolte from everything else. The movie opens with the younger brother, Tommy, showing up on Nick’s doorstep and he’s clearly furious with him but wants him to help train him for Sparta – a mixed martial arts super bowl kind of event. They clearly have a very strained relationship because Nick was a drunk and Tommy left with his mother, who’s since died. Brendan, the other brother, is living in Philadelphia with his high school sweetheart and two children, and is working as a physics teacher.  He has gotten in over his head because he re-financed to pay for his daughter’s heart surgery. Ok, so that’s a little sappy, but he needs to fight to save the house, and it turns out Tommy has to fight for his best friend’s widow.  Now all of this happens over the length of the story, so I don’t want to give away a whole lot more than that, but if you think about it at all, you’re going to know what the final denouncement is. Howevcr, this is so well done that it is probably going to be Rocky for this generation. The acting is terrific, the story is a bit kitschy but heart rending (so bring Kleenex) very well directed, and well paced. The only thing that doesn’t make it a five star movie is that it is incredibly violent, which mixed martial arts are, but I swear to you, it will be Rocky for this generation.  At the very least, Nick Nolte will very likely be nominated for an Oscar. The other two should, I just don’t know what the other performances are going to be. But, this is a really affecting, very well done movie. Four and a half stars. Only half a point off for violence.

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