After 14 years, ex-Marine Tommy Conlon (Hardy) returns to Pittsburgh to prepare for the world’s biggest mixed martial arts tournament, reconnecting with his father, Paddy (Nolte), who will train him. Meanwhile, his estranged brother, Brendan (Edgerton), realises he has to return to his old fighting ways if he has any hope of saving his family from insolvency.
It hardly rewrites the rulebook, but Warrior is a powerful, moving and brilliant sports-pic-cum-family drama. Like The Fighter, but with kicking.
Reviewed by Dan Jolin
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