Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy) is an ex-Marine who returns home to his drunken father to train and become a star wrestler again in order to support his friend’s widow and children. After a video of him defeating an MMA finalist goes viral, Tommy is recruited to be part of Sparta, an MMA competition.
Meanwhile, his brother Brendon Conlon (Joel Edgerton,) a former MMA fighter turned high school physics teacher, struggles to support his family while splitting time between teaching and fighting. Once he is suspended from school, he decides to train with his old friend Frank Campana (Frank Grillo) to earn some extra money. With the Sparta competition looming, one of Campana’s prized fighter suffers an injury and Brendan takes his place and becomes the competition’s underdog.
Warrior contains believable and realistic performances by the main leading characters. The film is centered around themes of family: how it is an important part of anyone’s life and that ultimately, one will always return to theirs.
This story of two brothers is both compelling and heartwarming, making the audience feel for the struggles of both men. Unfortunatey, it does fall short of last year’s blockbuster The Fighter in terms of drama put forth.
In addition to not trumping The Fighter, Warrior is a movie that is predictable and contains a cliché finale. However, at the end of the day, Warrior is a quality film of valor, courage and family.