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  • Nick Nolte’s performance is amazing, to say the least

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      Gavin O’Connor is not among the most famous of directors but that doesn’t change the fact that once you watch a movie of his you won’t be able to forget it for a long time. I remembered Miracle for a long time, and I still think that Warrior is 2011’s best film. Paddy (Nick Nolte) was an alcoholic father, whose negligence led to the death of the mother in the hands Tommy (Tom Hardy).

      He and Brendan (Joel Edgerton) are two brothers trained by their dad who is skilled in Mixed Marshal Arts combat training. After a long period of the family being divided, Tommy returns home, to Pittsburgh to asks his father train him for a big tournament in which Brendan needs to participate as well.

      Tommy however remembers


      everything. The most powerful character of the film is without doubt Tommy-a furious, dark character, torturing his closest family with words and accusations.

      This and the fact that he is as wild as a wounded bull on the ring, defeating in seconds the world number 1 immediately lets me to respect and wonder with admiration at this unbelievably powerful character. Brendan has suffered less, but he has a wife, a child and a family-he is not angry, but is aiming more at the reconciliation of the family.

      His character is equally likeable with his good-heartedness visible in the classroom, his good heart (forgiving his father) and devotion to the family-his readiness to put his health to a risk, when he knows he is probably not ready. He is the main ...


      • emotional source in the film.

        Either of the brothers gain my affection with ease, minutes after their initial appearance. Paddy, years later is already sober, and has given up on drinking, hoping desperately that his sons will forgive him.

        Nick Nolte’s performance is amazing, to say the least. The image of the grievous, heart-broken for his past failures father strikes me as thoroughly heart-wrenching in every scene where he speaks with a son of his-with Tommy at the casino, with Brendan in front of his house, begging him for a second chance.

        The investigation and profound exploration of the shattered by the terrible past family is undoubtedly the film’s core and the decision of Connor to unite the thrills of the epic battles on the championship with the final scene

        of reconciliation results in the year’s most emotional, most heart-shredding and sincere scene. I have a brother and that scene blew me away completely.

        The whole movie is nestled with emotional stashes, positioned among all the difficulties the brothers’ face-Brendan and his father, Tommy calling his fallen comrade’s wife and promising her the money of the five million dollar award. Just as tear-evoking are heart-touching moments of the film, so triumphant and epic are the scenes of every victory of the two brothers in the tournament.

        It is a beautifully written, perfectly directed, amazingly acted tale of a family’s wound healing slowly but certainly. I need to say it, it is an absolute disgrace this film has not been properly awarded and recognized at the Oscars.

        10/10 for this amazing family drama film.




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