"Warrior" Movie Review

1087 WordsNov 14, 20125 Pages
English Composition 1 12 October 2012 A Fighting Spirit in the Ring, and at Home Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior is an emotionally raw family drama well disguised as a brutal fight film. It’s a long movie that feels short; it grabs you in early scenes, intense, though low-key before all hell breaks loose, then keeps you riveted to its mostly male characters, a father, two sons, a trainer and, yes, a wife who gets left out of key decisions, as members of a blue collar Pittsburgh family head for a winner-takes-all tournament in Atlantic City. I disagree with Kenneth Turan when he says in his own review of the movie, “Warrior is too much of a good thing. A family drama set in the ultraviolent world of mixed martial arts, it shows promise but finally hits things so hard, both literally and metaphorically, that it's hard not to feel pummeled yourself by the time it's over”(Turan 1). I think Warrior is a disciplined, powerful and heart wrenching movie that everyone in the household can appreciate, from the MMA fighter in the family to his sappy mom. Gavin O’Connor and fellow writers Anthony Tambakis and Cliff Dorfman concentrate on their characters, one can tell, giving you enough information but leaving plenty of room for these most capable actors to fill in the idiosyncratic and beautifully nuanced details. O’Connor, who previously directed the sports movie Miracle, about the 1980 United States Olympic Hockey Team, and Pride and Glory, a multi-generational police family movie, more or less combines these themes within two sets of highly contrasted worlds. There is the darkly shot, working-class neighborhoods of Pittsburgh where a despised father, Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte), sober for nearly one thousand days following a lifetime of drunken abuse, hangs out, and the sunny suburbs where his high school teacher son, Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton), lives

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