Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Warrior

"Warrior", the MMA movie set to premier nationwide on September 9th, sounds like it should be amazing and a good representation of mixed martial arts.

Here is the synopsis from IMDB: Two brothers face the fight of a lifetime - and the wreckage of their broken family - within the brutal, high-stakes world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighting in Lionsgate's action/drama, WARRIOR. An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father, a recovered alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path towards the title prize, his brother, Brendan, a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense, winner-takes-all battle of their lives.

Now I have seen a ton of horrible mixed martial arts movies, the worst by a man named Hector Echavarria. He somehow manages to get a vast multitude of UFC fighters to be in his movies. These movies are absolutely horrible. Watch them only if you are extremely bored and your only alternatives are to watch paint dry or grass grow.

Gavin O'Connor is the director and one of the writers for the film. O'Connor is known for "Miracle" the film about the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that beat the Soviet Union. If he brings as much class and passion to "Warrior" as he did to "Miracle" this film should be great. People are already clamoring that this is the "Rocky" for MMA. I truly hope it is that good.

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