Take the underdog fantasy of Rocky and multiply it by two, add an even more dysfunctional family than the one in The Fighter, throw in Mixed Martial Arts and you have the formula for rousing fight drama Warrior.
Both bear emotional scars from their childhood relationships with their alcoholic abusive father (Nick Nolte), and both are rank outsiders when they embark on surprise winning streaks.
It’s blatantly obvious where Warrior is going, but thanks to the manipulative skill of director Gavin O’Connor and Hardy and Edgerton’s ferociously committed performances, this full-blooded melodrama will surely leave you out for the count.
Released on DVD & Blu-ray on Monday 20th February by Lionsgate UK.
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