A story which has fantastic build up to a PAC-MAN sound effect ending...
My review will contain plots from the movie...
The warrior was another movie that has brought MMA into the world of Hollywood. In my opinion, it is the best film so far around this form of Martial Arts; but I can not say I was very blown away by it... while it was a good movie, I still feel there is a lot of growing for this sport in film.
The story was great... It has you on edge from the very beginning. At first, you're not sure whether you hate or love Tom Hardy's character. You intrigued, and find your brain digging to figure out just who is the good guy and who is the bad guy. As a number of events unfold, and you learn the two main fighters in the film are brothers, you find yourself being pulled in even deeper. Then, the death to most stories and the one that thing that is killer to most trilogies, the ending... The movie just sort of ends... there is not really a resolution... Just the brothers walking out of the arena together. I was very disappointed with it. The hype leading up to the end was much greater than the end itself... What happens with the money? Do they give some to the family Hardy was looking after, do they keep it all, what about the relationship with their father? There was a lot that needed to be added to really give the film a close that is just as eventful as the build up. I will say, story wise on the final fight was beautiful. That was very well written and a great lead into the events that could have been a better ending.
The acting was superb on all accounts. The directors did a good job of getting the actors, including the MMA stars such as Anthony Johnson, to be their characters. There is not too much needed to be said by me here.
Directing was very good, with the exception of the hole in the ending...
Visuals I only gave a three, just because when there was a fight scene, the camera was very shaky. And often times I felt as though you could not see the actual combat as much as the breakdown... To an untrained Martial Artist's eyes, you can miss so much.. The cage fights definitely needed more shots from inside the cage. It became a little difficult to see some of the action that was going on out there. There is a reason UFC puts the cameras above the ring. Th fight choreographer from this film really taught these men basics of Jiu Jitsu, boxing, and a few Muay Tai kicks, and that was about it. There were several moves, that if done in a real life situation, would get them killed. A couple of the take downs that were attempted, to the way they held their hands when striking. I feel like they could have done a little more work on technique with these guys... After all, they are supposed the top 16 middle weights in the world!
Over all, the movie is enjoyable and I would definitely watch it again! But, I would not say it is a top 100 films of all-time movie!
I hope you enjoyed my review! I am open to discussions!