Excerpt: I’m not what you’d call a man’s man. I don’t know a thing about cars. About the closest thing I have to a power tool is a reversible flathead screwdriver. I couldn’t care less how silly I look stopping for directions if I’m lost and need help finding the interstate (or at least I didn’t have a...
Excerpt: Gavin O’Connor knows how this works. After all, he directed 2004’s sports opus Miracle . With success and praise, O’Connor switches sports to MMA, and brings with it all of the formula. Warrior is a hard movie to hate though.
Conclusion: 'Warrior' isn't the greatest sports film of all time, but it's leaps and bounds above the average ones that are generally pumped out year after year. What keeps it from being "just another fighting movie" is the intimacy you get with each of the main characters.
Excerpt: For quite a while at the beginning of Warrior it seems this could be a kind of sports movie that does something bigger with the genre, more like David O. Russell's The Fighter than Gavin O'Connor's own Miracle .
Excerpt: The naturalistic camerawork, gritty urban environments, or brutal setting of mixed-martial-arts fighting may mislead viewers away from the truth: Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior is a man-weepie of the highest Hollywood order, a would-be Rocky for an empire in decline.