Lords of the ring
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).