August 17, 2011, - 1:06 am

“Warrior”: A Movie You’ll Love – The New “Rocky”

By Debbie Schlussel

A few weeks ago, I attended a special critics’ screening of “Warrior.” The movie debuts in theaters on Friday, September 9th–auspiciously, the same weekend as the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 Islamic terrorist attacks on America. The studio gave me permission to promote “Warrior” now. ‘Cuz I love it. It’s one of the best movies of the year, if not the best. It’s about heroism, maturity, sacrifice, and redemption. It’s patriotic, uplifting, and full of suspense, thrills, and heart-pounding action. Not surprisingly, “Warrior” is made by the director of one of my other favorite sports movies, “Miracle” (Read my review)And I can’t wait for you to see it. This is my kind o’ movie!

Every time a new boxing movie comes out, you hear a lot of bloated hype that it’s “the next Rocky,” bandied about. It’s always a fraud, as no boxing movie I’ve seen has yet been the next “Rocky” . . . until this. But this involves MMA (mixed martial arts), which has basically replaced the once popular pure boxing format that’s been dying out. I’ll post my full review on the 9th. ‘Til then, watch the trailer:

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21 Responses

Awesome! Something to look forward to! And Joel Edgerton…a great Aussie actor! Too good!

I’ll be seeing this. I know I’ll like it! Yay!!

Skunky on August 17, 2011 at 1:12 am

By the looks of the trailer, this looks like a good story.

My verdict – THEATRE.

The Reverend Jacques on August 17, 2011 at 3:17 am

A good masculine story. To tell the truth, I never like much the compromises one has to put up with in the world. Its an evil I hate even though I consider it part of what we have to put with it in this world. This movie is a change from that – we can at least live out our ideals and do what we really think is right. In that regards, this movie deserves that kind of attention and audiences, I’m sure will appreciate the subject.

NormanF on August 17, 2011 at 7:12 am

I looks like a MMA version of the Cinderella Man, looks like a great flick thanks for the heads up Debbie.

ChickasawMan on August 17, 2011 at 8:25 am

I’ve been looking forward to this for several months and am so very glad to hear this is a quality movie!

Martial arts movies’ve had attempts of late (Mamet’s underappreciated “Red Belt,” that MTVish schlock “Never Back Down,” don’t get me started on the fresh “Karate Kid” of Belaire…*puke*) but this looks like it’ll catch on, cross over and kick a…butt.

I’m even more gladder (more gladderest, even! lol) to have a red-blooded woman like you in the world, DD, who calls it like it is and appreciated morality and strength.

BD on August 17, 2011 at 9:57 am

No trannies, commies, leftists, Christian bashers, Muslims, lesbians, left handed gay eskimos in the movie? If not, how did that movie ever make it to the big screen?

Jonathan E. Grant on August 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

I won’t be seeing this. Not into boxing, wrestling, karate, kung fu, or especially any peculiar combination of all of the above. Besides, that poster alone is enough to scare away heterosexual males. That might be eye-candy for you, but not for me.

Irving on August 17, 2011 at 11:43 am

Most movies aren’t “Leftist” any more than this one is. That’s how come it made it to the big screen. It should be as much as fun as last year’s “The Fighter,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale. I’m gonna see it, too.

Seek on August 17, 2011 at 12:39 pm

Debbie this better be good. Also, are movie critics allowed to bring presentable, athletic build, not short, crazy, old or bald Jewish men who enjoy DS and Yiddishkeit with them to the screenings?

A1 on August 17, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Tom Hardy is a pretty good actor. I liked him in Star Trek: Nemesis and he was really good in Inception. I look forward to seeing him play Bane in the new Batman. I will probably rent this movie, as I don’t see how it will be enhanced by the seeing it on the big screen.

Hopewell on August 17, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Pardon me, but your Miracle review reads like a propaganda piece from Brezhnev’s times Pravda. They also always claimed when the Soviet sport teams won that “the spirit of socialism won”. In reality, this is just one sport team defeating another, that’s it. This has nothing to do with American spirit or President Carter or double-digit inflation, or hostages in Iran etc. This is sports, and only sports, and the biggest loser in sports is always he who brings politics into sports, like Adolf Hitler, for example, in 1936 Olympics.

The last good boxing movie shot in this country was Billion Dollar Baby, and Warrior would most likely suck, just like Rocky movies sucked, each in its own way.

Begletz on August 17, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Speaking of Patriotism and 9/11—Bloomberg is inviting families of Victims only, NOT first responders, to the 9/11 ceremonies.

Is this guy an asshole or what? DEbbie, you want to verbally slap him around a little?

Occam's Tool on August 17, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Why not check this movie out?

The original Rocky wasn’t really about boxing. It was about a nobody loser finding the will to rise above the mess he’d made of his life. So no reason to be put off by the MMA setting of this one.

PitandPen on August 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Did Rocky, like a low class thug, have tattoos all over his body?

The poster for the new movie shows how much America has devolved since then.

JM on August 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    JM, Rocky WAS a low class thug… Remember he was working as a goon roughing people up? Wasting his life.

    pitandpen on August 18, 2011 at 6:27 pm

To all,

Concerning the Movie “Warrior”, here’s my math Equation:

Debbie warmly recommending the movie + The Trailer for the movie = I will see the movie when it comes out.

Also, back in February of this year in Debbie’s Donald Rumsfeld thread, I proposed that if she were to ever see a movie that is so good that Four Reagans would not be sufficient and would need to add a second person that would be a good thing, that I suggested that she add a Donald Rumsfeld. Unfortunately, as I predicted, and as all of us regulars here know too well–and none more so than Debbie, Burke being a close second–she has not had a chance to do that. Well, based on what Debbie has said about this movie, if ever there was an opportunity for her to do so, it’s this one.

JeffE on August 17, 2011 at 9:32 pm

MMA rules prohibit striking on the back of the head, but if it is done accidently – where the target is in motion – there is no penalty, even if the other party is crippled or killed. It goes down as “No Decision.”

Duty of care is absent in MMA management. And they are notorious for paying low wages, which they try to cover up with match bonuses for “knockout” or “submission” of the night. The owners of the number one group – UFC – use low costs/large admissions to create huge surpluses which they use to buy up other companies. They have a near monopoly. Fighters who speak out against unfair practises are “cut” on the spot.

Choke Out on August 18, 2011 at 8:52 am

OFF TOPIC: meanwhile, in the Religion of Peace, a Toronto-based imam was arrested for “practising” his religion and following “Mohammed’s” “example”…

Stranger then fiction. Or is it not?

The Reverend Jacques on August 18, 2011 at 12:11 pm

PitandPen (August 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm) gets it.

The setting for these chest-swelling, eye-watering tales of triumph doesn’t much matter.

BD on August 18, 2011 at 12:52 pm

I have no love for professional boxing, little for amateur boxing, or this kind of cage fighting. If it really was the manly art of self defense, OK, but it isn’t. Bottom line, submission or “knock-out” sports are immoral. Give me a real manly sport like high school or collegiate wrestling any day.

Dr Dale on August 19, 2011 at 1:18 am

agree with this fact that this is a worth watching movie, And the trailers seems to be good and interesting. As far as the story is concerned I think the story of the movie will hook the audience till the end,.

westwood on September 8, 2011 at 6:03 am

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