Warrior:…because FAMILY is worth fighting for!

Warrior (Gavin O’Connor, 2011)

This is what I mean as “An Experience in a (good) film”. I saw this film last two weeks ago and still thinking about it till now. What a powerful film. Very inspiring. Everything about this film is great. The broken family theme was told very well. It seems that family problem can touch my heart more emotionally than a love story or some bigger issues such as politics, war, etc.

It tells about three main characters. They are Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy), Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton) as older brother, and Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte), their father. Even they are a family, they have their own life. They never met since his mother passed away 14 years ago. All have a hard life.


He is a stubborn ex-navy who has a complicated past. After his mother died, he lived by himself till now.


Brendan actually is a UFC fighter that turned high school physic teacher. Now he has a responsibility to provide his family and must pay some bill from bank or he will lose his house. He goes out looking for a second job, ends up in an amateur fight which pays him $200 that makes him suspended from work.


He was an alcoholic father that causes his family broken. He has recovered for almost about 1000 days recently.

Now, Paddy has a good opportunity to fix it when his youngest son, Tommy, comes to his hometown and asks him to become a trainer in preparing Mixed Martial Art (MMA) tournament, just like what Paddy did 14 years ago.

That is nothing for Tommy. He treats Paddy just as a personal trainer, not a father. He still can’t forgive him for ignoring family years ago. It doesn’t matter for Paddy. He won’t take this good chance to gather with his son away.

Meanwhile, Brendan has same intention to join to MMA. If Tommy joins to the competition to prove himself a real strong man, Brendan doesn’t. He wants to get the title prize US$5 million in order to save his home from foreclosure. Although his wife doesn’t agree at all about his plan, he still goes on. He convinced her that everything is gonna be fine.

So, in MMA fighting, the biggest fight of their live, they three will face each other. What will happen then?

Watch it by your self of course:), together with your family or friends even looks better. Prepare your tissue. You may need it. Not because this is a male-o-drama, like most people said, but because of the most heartbreaking and convincing performance of Hardy, Nolte, and Edgerton.

Tom Hardy is the center of this film. He can deliver his complex character brilliantly. His acting gets better more than his previous film, Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010) and Tinker Tailor  Soldier Spy (Tomas Alfredson, 2011).

Nick Nolte is stunning. His regret expression really makes me sad and almost cries. Yup, his heartbreaking performance deserved an Oscar nominee last month.

Joel Edgerton’s acting is just fine as an older brother, a son, and a head of family. The chemistry between them is truly amazing. My hat is off to you all.

Good job for Gavin O’Connor. His direction is good. The fight sequences look real. American Gold medal winner in the 1996 Olympics in the 100 kg weight class for freestyle wrestling, Kurt Angle (as Koba from Russia) makes this film more special.

My best scene choice is when Paddy talked to Tommy in video game arena after finishing his match. The conversation is gripping. It’s very heartbreaking. The closing ten minutes are superb moment.

Anyway, there are some scenes that disturb my mind. For example, when Tess Conlon finally decide to watch his husband fight directly, considering she thinks it’s better that her family returns back to their old apartment than looks his husband get punched to save their home and survive. Another is when we look there are two cars in Brendan’s home. Does he really get some financial problem?

Overall, to be quite honest, this is better than David O Russell’s The Fighter. This film is as best as Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby (2004) and Ron Howard’s Cinderella Man (2005). It deserves of a wide audience. It should have deserved more than just one Oscar nominee.

#This is actually my first review not in Indonesian. I hope you enjoy it. CMIW:)

-HW (8.2/10)–

Genre: Drama, action

Director: Gavin O’Connor

Writers: Gavin O’Connor, Anthony Tambakis

Stars: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, & Joel Edgerton

Duration: 140 minutes

Quote Choices:

Paddy Conlon: I’m really trying here, Tommy.
Tom Conlon: You’re trying? Now? Where were you when it mattered? I needed this guy back when I was a kid. I don’t need you now. It’s too late now. Everything’s already happened. You and Brendan don’t seem to understand that. Let me explain something to you: the only thing I have in common with Brendan Conlon is that we have absolutely no use for you.

Frank Campana: Look at me! Look at me! Why are we here, Brendan? Why are we here? Are we here to win this fight? You tell me, ’cause if we’re not, I’ll throw in the towel right now. We’ll get Tess and we will go home. You don’t knock him out, you lose the fight. Understand me? You don’t knock him out, you don’t have a home.


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