Warrior (Gavin O’Connor, 2011)

After the release of legend (Brian Helgeland, 2015) where Santa granted a lot of peoples wishes by casting Tom Hardy as both the leading rolls , I have decided to watch a few of his movies . One film that stood out in particular was Warrior. At first, from the title I thought it was a war movie but was pleasantly surprised when I found out it was a MMA movie (Mixed martial arts).  Yes, it is the kind of film that makes you want to fight after you have seen it.

Tom Hardy plays Tommy Conlon a tough fighter and soldier. When he was seen fighting at his local gym, he instantly gained attention from some important people and was able to fight for the world championship. Tommy is as hard as nails, with a troubled past and the ability to knock you out in one punch, he is the definition of bad ass! Unfortunately for Tommy, he is facing another bad ass, who wins all his fights because for some reason can’t be knocked out. So even though this is a big issue, the second issue is our component Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton) is Tommy’s brother.  So who will win between a guy who relies on winning by knocking the component unconscious to win and a character who wins by never being knocked out? Don’t worry, you will only be asking yourself this for the whole film.


This is one of those movies that is just fantastic and really frustrates me. I love Tommy’s characters and you really feel sorry for him. Yes, he does tend to shout, hit and walk out of the arena as soon as he has won but never the less he is loved. I mean the guy can knock the toughest men out in one punch and rip the door off of a tank.  He’s a war hero that promises to give the winnings to his dead friend’s wife and children. The only problem is the older brother is equally great. He is a brilliant science teacher and a loving farther/ husband who desperately needs the money to save the house. It really is a lesser of two evils on who should win.  I won’t spoil who won but I wasn’t very satisfied with the ending.  I don’t often get angry at films but I did with this one.  I even got mad at the characters who cheered for the character I didn’t want to win.

One thing that also makes this film AMAZING is the acting performances from our beloved warriors.  A legendary badass plays… a legendary badass.  Now Tom Hardy may have started to complain that he is only ever being cast as tough and mean characters but he just does them so well. I mean Bane (The dark Knight rises), Bronson (Bronson), Eames (Inception), Max Rockatansky (Mad Max) and now recently John Fitzgerald (The revenant). So trust me when I say he is good.

Check out top ten Tom Hardy performances by watch mojo.

We get to experience a more realistic story line compared to some of his other roles, we get to see true conflict within a film, both physically and mentally as two brothers and a terrible brother must pick sides, fight and truly learn to love each other. It may sound cheesy but this film delivers it with 0 cheeses. You honestly feel like you are a part of the family, forced to pick which boy you want to stick with. Not quite team Edward / team Jacob but a pretty hard decision. Luckily, you have over two hours to make up your mind. (I got so bad during the end, I just googled who won).

How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.

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Testament of Youth (James Kent,2014)



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