Tom Hardy is a scorching talent that is relatively unknown, but probably won’t be after the Dark Knight Rises hits theaters. Hardy is a British batting –ram of a force, delivering the goods in such films as Bronson, where he plays one of United Kingdom’s most dangerous criminals, and Inception, where he plays a scene-stealer named Eames. His new film, Warrior, now has a trailer.
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.
The trailer is made to look a bit like the trailer for the Fighter, but looking through that as a simple advertising nuisance, and counting on the talent involved, this looks like a film to watch out for. Chiming into both story-lines of the fighters butting heads is a fresh look for a fight film, and Tom Hardy looks like he’s in top-form, and in a good position, to deliver a tremendous performance. The film also stars Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton, and Jennifer Morrison. Warrior is directed by Gavin O’Conner.