Warrior, A review.
Several weeks ago I was offered the chance to see Warrior. I took Uncle Mike and the rest of the MMA Rants Today staff as well as a couple friends. It was an interesting event. We were seated in the 2nd row, staring straight up at the screen, not the best place to see a movie, plus we had some cockbags sitting behind an to the right of us talking the whole time about the BJJ in the movie (incorrectly I might add) which was also very annoying. Aside from that, the people who set up the preview were great.
The movie was not what I was expecting, it’s a family drama set against the backdrop of MMA. How does that work you might ask? Well, very easily as a matter of fact. The sibling rivalry, estranged family members and numerous other family problems we can all relate too are are interweaved into a story with MMA as the one thing everyone has in common. Everyone’s goals are different, how they reach their destinations is different, but MMA is the same. Great concept, well executed. I felt it was a little long, some of the character development was over the top, cutting out about 30 minutes would have made the movie much better. I saw an early version, not sure how the actual release is different, do know it is shorter than the 2.something hour version I saw was. I must say, I’m interested to see the theatrical version, to compare the differences. I guess that’s the best review a person can give huh? I want to see it again, nuff said.
I will add, the best part of the movie was the portrayal of MMA, it wasn’t sensationalized, there were no death’s in the cage, no grotesquely broken bones, just a solid portrayal of the sport as most of us know it. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not true to life, there is some artistic liscense taken with the physicality of the fights themselves, lots of headshots etc, yet it still doesn’t make you feel like you are watching some underground sport. You feel like you are watching MMA, the sport we all know and love.
Watch the film, support the people trying to make a living, support them because they made a good movie that helps MMA as a whole.
Rumble young man Rumble