Lords of the ring

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Eguide Movies -

A FILM about re­demp­tion, fam­ily and grown men belt­ing the liv­ing day­lights out of each other, The War­rior does good work both in­side and out­side of the cage as big- time fight chore­og­ra­phy is matched with some heart­felt drama. It fo­cuses on two es­tranged broth­ers – one an ex- ma­rine deal­ing with tragedy, the other a fi­nan­cially strug­gling fa­therof- two des­per­ate not to go back­wards in life – who en­ter a mixed mar­tial arts tour­na­ment where the win­ner takes all. Fur­ther com­pli­cat­ing their re­la­tion­ship is their dis­tant, one- time al­co­holic fa­ther who takes to train­ing one of the broth­ers be­fore the big fight. Di­rec­tor Gavin O’con­nor squeezes a whole lot into two hours, but at the same time he has had to rely on a few cliches to get the story across. That’s no deal- breaker here though, as the drama re­ally res­onates and it’s all ef­fec­tively re­alised. Ex­tras: ½ There’s a pre- film­ing break­down of the key fight be­tween the two broth­ers, com­plete with sto­ry­boards, re­hearsal footage and final film com­par­i­son, a gag reel and film­maker’s com­men­tary with di­rec­tor, writ­ers, ed­i­tor and Aussie star Joel Edger­ton ( pic­tured).

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