Movie Review: Warrior

Posted: January 11, 2012 in Bellator, Local MMA, Marketing, PR, Social Media, Strikeforce, UFC

Well, 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 worse than a Van Damme film.  However, this is the closest we’ve seen to date of a movie respecting MMA. Don’t get me wrong, the brother vs brother angle couldn’t be hokier, but the MMA side of things kept me watching.

Terrible marketing made me think this movie was going to focus on yet another underground illegal street fight tournament. Great, let’s send MMA back to the 1990s and roll out John McCain’s “human cockfighting” argument… Well, tickle me surprised.  Instead the movie revolves around a Grand Prix style tournament from a sanctioned judging body with professional fighters, trainers and sponsors.  (Tapout was all over this movie.)

What I liked about a good chunk of the movie was the training and climb for the professional spotlight by Joel Edgerton’s character.  He showed how much the ground-game really matters to the MMA world and what a difference a slick (and painful) submission can make. Just as important, he showed how un-glamorous the climb to the top can be for these athletes – fighting in smaller, local venues until you finally get your big break.

I won’t give away too much information as I wouldn’t want to ruin the movie for anyone that may want to see it. I will however give you two things to look forward to 1) a great look at what an Omaplata can do in competition and professional wrestler (and US Olympian) Kurt Angle has a great spot in the movie playing a “Fedor” like character.

Would this ever win an Oscar, of course not – but its fun and is the best MMA related movie out there so far. Enjoy.

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