MMA at the Movies: Warrior (Coming Soon)

Posted: May 20, 2011 in Local MMA, Marketing, PR

Happy Friday!

What happens when you combine “The Fighter” with “Bloodsport” you get – Warrior.  No, not the Ultimate type that shook the ring ropes, spoke to imaginary space gods and amused us as children.  Frankly, I’d be more excited to see that Warrior.   (Sigh…)

Recently while at the movie theaters I finally crossed the trailer for the new MMA film, “Warrior.”  Unfortunately, this seems to have all the usual trappings of why I don’t care for movies focused on this great sport.   It is less about the sport, and more about needing to enter a tournament for cash.  Here is the description which seems to be echoed across a few movie sites:

Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy) returns home for the first time in fourteen years to enlist the help of his alcoholic father (Nick Nolte) to train for SPARTA. A former wrestling prodigy, Tommy blazes a path toward the championship while his brother, Brendan (Joel Edgerton), an ex-fighter-turned teacher, returns to the ring in a desperate bid to save his family from financial ruin. But when Brendan’s unlikely, underdog rise sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront each other and the forces that pulled them apart, facing off in the most unforgettable climax that must be seen to be believed.

MMA organization that sounds like it belongs in 300? Check. Abusive upbringing for emotional ties? Check.  Underground fight tournament? Check.  Jaded brothers that will appeal to different female audiences ala Twilight? Check.  Building up to an ending that is likely predictable and, contrary to marketing, forgettable? Check.

Yup, this movie has all the makings of another dud.  Will I see it? Probably not in theaters, but stranger changes have come over me.  In the meantime I hope it does not further sway the minds of people who don’t get that MMA is a sport and continue to view this as human cockfighting….

  1. […] sometimes you have to admit when you are wrong. I wrote a post not too long ago about all the reasons I thought Warrior was going to be yet another movie that is […]

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