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Warrior

Warrior (2011)

Directed by Gavin O’Connor

Starring Tom Hardy, Joel Edgerton, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Morrison

 

 

Army vet Tommy returns home to his recovering alcoholic father (Nolte), to get trained for an upcoming UFC tournament. Strapped for cash physics teacher Brendon (Edgerton), fighting as a side job to win money, gets suspended and enters the same tournament. However, Tommy and Brendon are estranged brothers.

 

Two things lead me to Warrior: Tom Hardy and a burgeoning interest in UFC. I take more than two things away from this film. Tom Hardy is continually excellent; the fight scenes in Warrior capture the frenetic brutality of mixed martial arts (MMA); a sports film doesn’t have to rely solely on clichés and I am a sucker for an underdog tale. Saying that, it’s hard to see who you (as the audience) are supposed to be rooting for – each character has flaws and reasons why you are behind them. The final fight I found utterly absorbing and highly emotive, befitting the build up to it. Warrior is a modern day take on the classic fight film and is definitely worth a watch.

 

The Fried Gold rating: 4/5 – strong leads, great fighting, good script – this is Rocky made in 2012

 

If you like this then you might like: 

The Fighter (brothers fighting each other, but this time Mark Walhberg and Christian Bale are doing it outside the ring. Excellent film, definitely see this)

 

 

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The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Directed by Christopher Nolan

Starring Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, Anne Hathaway and Joseph Gordon-Levitt

 

 

8 years have passed since Batman took the blame for Harvey Dent’s death to give Gotham the real hero that they deserved. During this time Bruce Wayne has become a recluse and is living his life in Wayne Manor while the Bat suit has been hung up. However when a new force comes to the city in the form of Bane, Bruce must put the suit on once again and prove to the whole city that he is the real hero.

The concluding chapter to Nolan’s Batman trilogy The Dark Knight Rises (TDKR) and Batman must once again battle an enemy who is trying to take over Gotham City. Bane is the new enemy, played by the wonderful Tom Hardy, who fits very nicely into Nolan’s telling of the Batman story by keeping the character grounded in the real world and a totally different type of enemy when compared to Ledger’s Joker. Other characters added to story are Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman (although she is never called this throughout the whole film), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (JGL) playing a young cop called John Blake and Marion Cotillard playing Miranda Tate who is a business lady and Bruce Wayne’s love interest. These characters are in addition to the regulars of Gary Oldman, Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman.

The film definitely has that final film feeling to it while rocking out at a massive 165 minutes with a lot of this seeming to be 1 on 1 conversations between characters. However this doesn’t detract from the amazing story that is being played out along with the fantastic camera work and the brilliant music of Hans Zimmer. Hathaway and JGL were nice additions and fitted into the trilogy easily plus Hathaway looked great in her outfit.

I believe this to be a great film that gave you exactly what you wanted from the third and probably final Batman film that Nolan will be directing. Yes I think there are a lot of bits that were made for the fans and the comic book lovers but this is why I loved it. Is it better than The Dark Knight? I’m unsure. I’ve seen that film so many times I know it better than the back of my hand. I will need to see TDKR a few more times before I can give that question a proper answer. I did like the little Easter eggs and cameos in the film to give true fans a nice nod to certain themes or characters.

 

Recommend

This film was hyped up so much that I believe it has affected the way that some people have viewed the film. Some people have said that the lack of Batman fighting let the film down. What people need to realise is that Batman is technically a Detective not an all-out arse kicker so I had no problem with this side of things. Having waited for this film and jumping on the hype bandwagon I have not been disappointed by what I saw and I will definitely be making repeat viewings. Go and see this film!

TheFriedGold rating – 4/5 – A fantastic ending to a Bat-tastic trilogy

 

Film Fact

Christopher Nolan said that the film’s theme deals with “Pain”. For Batman Begins, it was on “Fear”, while The Dark Knight deals on “Chaos”.

 

 

 

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)

Directed by Tomas Alfredson

Starring Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy

Based on the John Le Carre novel of the same name the film centres on a veteran agent, played by Gary Oldman, who is assigned to find out who the mole in MI6 is. The mole is narrowed down to four senior operatives and it is from there that the film focuses on.

Based in the early 70’s the film looks fantastic and really gives you that 70’s feel from the clothes to the cars. The acting from everyone is brilliant and it is too hard to name one stand out performance. However I felt that the film was very slow paced with not much actually happening. This is supposed to be a drama/ thriller but it just lacks the killer punch to make it enjoyable. The films runtime is 127 minutes and it feels it.

With all the big stars maybe I was expecting more excitement and a faster pace. I can understand why people would enjoy this but for me it would be a no.

Film Fact

Gary Oldman was offered a gray-haired wig to wear for his role, but declined it in favour of bleaching his hair for a more natural hairdo for a middle-aged persona like Smiley