September 11, 2011
The film starts out as a gritty drama showing us the dark sides of both Hardy (Tommy) and Nolte's (Patty) characters. The spotty past of Tommy is slowly revealed and gives another impression of the complex character along with his motives. Brendan (Joel Edgerton) is loosing his house as the money coming in from being a high school teacher isn't paying the bills. Deciding on returning to the ring for the quick cash, even if his wife is against it. The development of both brothers and father makes this a unique entry in the sports drama genre. As the estranged family aspect sets it apart from other sports films. While it did have it's share of nods to the Rocky franchise including a monolith Russian baddie.
Hardy and Nolte are the powerhouses of the film, while Joel Edgerton is getting most of the buzz from critics. I'd be shocked if the male leads don't sweep awards nominations this season. Nolte seemingly being a lock for Best Supporting Actor nomination at this year's Oscars. It's one of best films I've seen so far this year. Do yourself a favor and see Warrior as soon as you can before it exits for other award type films. Don't be shocked if you're close to a good ol' man cry by the end.