Thursday, September 8, 2011
Warrior review; an amazing film about family, forgiveness & picking yourself back up
Ever since the trailer debuted, I knew I wanted to see this movie. Warrior is directed by Gavin O'Connor. He directed another great sports film, Miracle. In this film, we get not one, not two, but three great performances by very gifted actors. Tom Hardy (Inception), plays Tommy Conlon, a Marine veteran. He has just returned from the Middle East and is finding it extremely difficult to live a normal life. Joel Edgerton (King Arthur) plays Brendan Conlon; a physics teacher and former UFC fighter trying to save his home from foreclosure. The men's father is played by Nick Nolte; a former alcoholic and terrible father to the boys when they were growing up. Now the brothers enter a Mixed Martial Arts tournament for redemption, and ironically, to bring their family back together.
What I liked about the film:
The Action / Cinematography
Masanobu Takayanagi creates tension with a slightly bouncy camera shot that feels like it's someone eavesdropping on the conversation. Great stuff.
I've said it before and I'll say it again; score is so incredibly vital to a movie. As I've gotten older, I've developed an ear for the score in films. And one thing I noticed is, score can make or break a sports film. Mark Isham creates a wonderful soundtrack that evokes tremendous emotion. The highs are extremely high and the lows are extremely low. Nicely done.
What I didn't like about the film:
An amazing metaphor on so many levels