59 – Warrior

Welcome to The Best Movies I’ve Never Seen! This is the part of the blog where I work my way through 100 films I’ve never seen that are generally considered to be great. You’re invited to watch along with me if you can find a copy or find it streaming. So grab some popcorn and let’s get started!

Warrior

2011

Directed by Gavin O’Connor

Quick synopsis… Set in the violent world of mixed martial arts combat, this gritty drama follows two brothers at war with each other, who have pursued separate lives. But preparation for a championship bout soon leads the siblings back into each other’s paths.

Finally! We’re back to this list of the best movies I’ve never seen. And over the years I’ve heard a lot of really good things about Warrior. But like so many other films on this list, I’ve just never gotten around to it. Now’s the time…

Tom Hardy plays Tommy Riordan, a former marine who we eventually find out went AWOL after his entire unit was killed in a friendly fire bombing. Joel Edgerton plays Brendan Conlon, a high school physics teacher with a family and a mountain of financial problems.

As different as the two men are, they are tied together by blood. They’re brothers.

Both have very different reasons for taking up their fight, but both give their all whenever they take to the mat.

Throughout the film, we are presented with both brothers’ stories. Both are underdogs when they enter the Sparta tournament. I honestly had a hard time deciding who I wanted to win in the end. Especially since I knew it would come down to the two of them fighting each other in the final fight.

I won’t say who comes out on top, but I will admit that I was brought to tears by the interaction between the brothers in the end.

Warrior has earned its positive reputation and I’m a little sorry that I never got around to seeing it before now. Having now seen Warrior, it ranks at number 485 out of 2,278 movies on my personal Flickchart list.

Have you seen Warrior? What did you think? Were you moved to tears like me? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments!

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