2011 brought us the underrated piece of cinema that is Warrior. It stars Joel Edgerton and Tom Hardy, and is directed by Gavin O’Connor, and is probably still his best work to date. It tells the story of two brothers, who take very different paths in life, but end up fighting for the same prize and must ultimately battle each other.
One of the shining lights of this movie, isn’t just the actors portrayals of MMA fighters or those who enter that arena, but rather the portrayal of the sport of MMA on a whole. It shows the tactical nature, the training, the heart and the will it takes to win a fight. The fights themselves are also done really well, and shot really well, and they give you the very real and gritty feel of being in the cage.
On the other hand, this movie is much more and much deeper than just a fighting movie or a movie about fighting. This movie delves really deeply into the minds and mental states of both characters, and those they come in contact with. The secondary story line of this movie deals a lot with family issues and what it means to be brothers, husbands and sons.
If you’re a fan of anything I’ve mentioned so far (actors, director, MMA, any of it), then you won’t be disappointed by this movie one bit. I think it got a bit overshadowed when it first came out, and didn’t really get the respect and success it deserves. One of the best movies of 2011, and definitely one to check out if you missed it.