So some early reviews are in! how did the warrior do we lets find out...
Well variety gave a positive review stating that warrior was
"An improbably effective and affecting mix of raw emotions and exciting smack downs."
The review also highlighted Hardy's performance "Hardy is arrestingly intense as Tommy, by turns implosive and explosive as he alternates between guilt and rage, savagery and self-loathing."
Some other highlights
An improbably effective and affecting mix of raw emotions and exciting smackdowns, “Warrior” shapes up as a pic with the potential to appeal to critics and audiences alike.
O’Connor adroitly sustains an air of kitchen-sink realism throughout the first half of “Warrior,” precisely and persuasively describing the socioeconomic specifics of his characters’ day-to-day lives. More importantly, O’Connor elicits such powerful performances from his three leads — and gets such first-rate work from supporting players Grillo and Jennifer Morrison, playing Brendan’s childhood sweetheart — that he keeps the drama grippingly focused despite the fuzziness of a few plot details.
Occasionally recalling the bruised and brooding virility of a young Marlon Brando, Hardy is arrestingly intense as Tommy, by turns implosive and explosive as he alternates between guilt and rage, savagery and self-loathing.
But the production values are every bit as impressive during the deliberately drab and dreary scenes in Philadelphia. That’s where “Warrior” patiently lays the groundwork for its consistently compelling narrative, preparing auds for an ending that just might move some strong men to tears.
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The reporter was also had a positive view on the film
"The family drama resonates strongly with a resolution that, in retrospect, seems like the only way the brothers could have rediscovered blood ties. Meanwhile their fights are downright compelling."
With a fractured nuclear family that Eugene O’Neill would embrace and electrifying fight scenes in the not-quite-mainstream sport of mixed martial arts, Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior makes for a sturdy, visceral entertainment.
Each role is a meaty one for the movie’s highly watchable actors while O’Connor’s crew, especially cinematographer Masanobu Takayanagi and no less than four editors, has carefully constructed an atmosphere in which the implausible might flourish.
Superior to last year lionized The Fighter, Warrior may go several rounds starting in early September.
Surly and brooding about wrongs, real and imagined, Hardy’s thickly muscled, highly tattooed ex-soldier is a ticking bomb. Emotionally, he is in a permanent fighter’s crouch, in constant vigilance for the next punch fate will throw his way while looking to do damage to any and all foes.
For an “entertainment,” Warrior accomplishes a lot. The family drama resonates strongly with a resolution that, in retrospect, seems like the only way the brothers could have rediscovered blood ties. Meanwhile their fights are downright compelling. Instead of interrupting the drama, the story continues in the ring as the two fighters drag a lifetime of emotional torment in with them. They’re fighting their demons as much as their opponents. Warrior is one of the few fight films in which winning or losing is not the key factor.
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So what do you think ONTD? Are you going to watch warrior?