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GroverManan’s review published on Letterboxd:
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Warrior is a powerful, inspiring and touching sports cum family drama.
Like 'The Fighter' , it involves fractured relationships, riveting tensions between two brothers and vicious in ring action.
Sports movies have mechanised a pattern of including family dramas in this modern era of action. It is predictable but intriguing at the same time.
There is no harm in doing the obvious as far as you are doing it brilliantly. This movie surpasses that bar of predictability and charmingly displays the emotions of the brothers through their characters.
Warrior is a boxing film like any other except that it is seasoned with mixed martial arts and tops the interests of young generation.(especially)
The story is about two very alienated siblings Tommy and Brendon. In one corner we have Tommy, an ex-Marine who returns to Pittsburgh after 14 years to prepare for the world’s biggest mixed martial arts tournament who approaches his recovering-alcoholic father, Paddy (Nolte) to train him.
Meanwhile, on the other corner,his estranged brother, Brendan (Edgerton), the older of the two, an ex fighter who realises he has to return to his old fighting ways if he has any hope of saving his family from bankruptcy.
Gavin O Conner's fiction felt like a biopic of the two brothers which is the result of emotion rich dialogues and platonic storyline.
The fights were brutal and the end was classic. We knew the brothers will land up to fight against each other on the big stage but the beauty of Conner's Warrior is that it was not about winning or losing, it was rather about two estranged brothers coming down to the middle to face their fears and history.
I enjoyed the film. I am definitely gonna re-watch it!