Director: Gavin O’Connor
Writer: Gavin O’Connor, Cliff Dorfman, Anthony Tambakis (Screenplay) Gavin O’Connor, Cliff Dorfman (Story)
Starring: Jeff Edgerton, Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison, Frank Grillo, Kevin Dunn
Story: When two brothers with very different lives clash in a battle for a mixed martial arts championship the past is exposed. The younger brother Tommy (Hardy) returns to his alcoholic father Paddy (Nolte) for training after his time in the military. The older brother Brendan (Edgerton) a high school teacher and married family man.
Both have different reasons to win the tournaments prize one to support a fallen comrade the other the money will save his families future. Who will win the battle?
Story: Sports drama yes please this is a very good, instead of following one man who over comes the odd it gives us two both worth routing for both very mysterious in the world they are entering. As for inspirational this is full of that too showing how much you want or need something you can hold on and over come everything to achieve it (10/10)
Cast: Joel Edgerton as Brendan the high school teacher turned MMA fighter, goes against his wife’s wishes to pursue a all or nothing fight to save his families home. Joel does an excellent job showing enough emotional level between the fighting scenes to show how much he wants to win; full-blown underdog that no one thought would make it past round one. (9/10)
Tom Hardy as Tommy turns up at his father doorstep out of nowhere; full of mystery about what happened in his previous few years he does become the most interesting character because you just want to know who is he now. Tom follows on from a very successful year with this brilliant performance. Favourite Character (9/10)
Nick Nolte as Paddy the alcoholic father of Tommy and Brendan who has spent years sobering up trying to regain a chance to be part of Brendan’s life while trying to find out what happened to Tommy. Nominated for an Oscar for his role in this film shows how good a job Nick does. Star Performance (10/10)
Jennifer Morrison as Tess the wife of Brendan who doesn’t want to see her husband go back into the fighting scene after bad experiences years before. Doesn’t get as much scene time as other supporting characters but does a very good job when appear reluctantly supporting her man. (8/10)
Frank Grillo as Frank family friend and trainer of Brendan with alternative methods to improve his fighters who don’t seem to look like the favourites to win. A top supporting performance all good fighting films need a good trainer Frank gives this one its. (9/10)
Director: Gavin O’Connor inspirational sports dramas are this guys thing with Miracle before and now this brilliant pieces of direction in a typical story that you don’t have to be the most liked, biggest or most popular to win a fight. (9/10)
Action: The action in the fight scenes is well put together with out being to violent by adding clips of the supports watching the fights. (9/10)
Thriller: I think some of the fight scenes could have been a bit more thrilling all of Tommy’s are quick, while Brendan’s start building tension only for it to be broken. The best and most thrilling part is when Tommy and Brendan meet in the tournament. (8/10)
Make up: Mostly from the fights all the bumps and bruises look very realistic (9/10)
Sound: The fight scenes are brutal for sound hearing all the punches kicks and snaps. (9/10)
Suggestion: I think even if your not a fighting fan this one really has an appeal with the underdog story. I would recommend this to most people and I would like to believe most people would enjoy it. (9/10)
Best Part: Tommy’s first fight in the tournament.
Worst Part: being picky the ending is a bit predictable.
Similar Too: Rocky
Overall: Even though I am not a fight film fan this one had an appeal to me and it was a good one this really Is a very good film that is hugely enjoyable.