Ok just got done with this little gem. I didn't expect much because I've seen just about all of the fighting films and thought it was going to be "alright" and just another studio formula to cash in on the current popularity of MMA. This movie held my attention and was a winner from the 1st frame to the credits. Nothing is what you expect here, the characters and script are the true stand outs.
That's what I really love about Warrior is that you won't get the usual sappy cliche dad to son moment or any cliche sibling exchanges. I also had some trepidations as I've read on IMDB threads that the fighting in this movie was awful and unreal and was relieved that it wasn't the case at all. In fact it was done very well. I'm no MMA junkie but I've been following the sport since it's birth in 93 and I had no quips with the action.
But this movie is a great film 1st and foremost and that's all you need to know. The MMA is merely a vehicle or background. And excellent solid performances from the key players which surprised me a bit since I'm very hard on newcomers or actors who aren't house hold names. Tom Hardy was the standout and IMO this guy is going be the next Ryan gosling or Christian Bale he's that good and convincing. So as you can tell I'm happy. And I thought Columbiana was going the be the last big movie of 2011 but since that was also another turkey, Warrior capped it off with a bang.
So I would put Warrior right up there with other stand outs this year right up there with Limitless, Lincoln Lawyer, and Fast 5