A movie review written by Lee Sonogan
2h20min (2011) Action, Drama, Sport
Every so often you’ll come across a combat sport movie that manages to find just the right balance of drama and action – that is, more drama than action. When fights are justified with backstories full of crushing emotion, they become all the more intense and gratifying. – neji107 (IMDB – 9/10)
Not believing that I have never reviewed this movie, here it is! Sure, there is a lot of classics in the genre over the years depending on your preference of inspirational competitiveness, this one stands out by it self within the last decade. Around the modern peak of MMA in the mainstream, the hype is real and underrated in the reason people outside the interest of the industry would enjoy. One hundred percent serious, the bulky length is the purest dramatic form that delivers on payoffs.
Storywise, it all builds up to the two main characters who are brothers that must fight. Still, there is plenty of action in between with even professional wrestler Kurt Angle with the notable performance. While the cinematography is top-notch, the development of the family life/s is as brutal as it gets. Mentally and physically put stakes behind every small choice really shows deep context here.
Tom Hardy is an amazing actor and Gavin O’Connor makes it an amazing cast. Ticking boxes in the chemistry factor, suspenseful sound and the conjuncture connecting it all together is a terrific body of work. In conclusion, I highly recommend this emotional rollercoaster of a realistic presentation. Its been a while since I have seen it but I still remember the majority of this flowing thing that grows.
I’m hard to break when it comes to emotions. – archiewheeler (IMDB – 9/10)