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Warrior – Fabulous Acting, Great Score, Serious Subject – For 13+

warrior_poster.jpgRaved reviews from two of our teen film critics. Here’s what they have to say:

I have to be honest, I was not looking forward to seeing this movie because I have never been interested in boxing or arena fighting of any kind, but this move is so much more than a cage fight. Right away you can see the tone of this movie from the steel yards of Pittsburgh and the grayness of Pennsylvania in the first scene.
The cinematography is great because there is s much symbolism and depth to the visuals. My favorite scene is the final fight because it is so emotional and I cried so much. The music in that scene is also amazing because it really adds a deeper quality of emotion.
When the movie first started, I thought I would give it 2 stars because I was expecting a typical boxing movie, but now I give Warrior 4 ½ stars because it is so amazing. This movie is for 13 and up because although it’s just a movie, the fighting is so realistic and graphic that it does a little disturbing. This movie is definitely not for everyone, but if you’re looking for a deep emotional movie, or if you’re in to MMA fighting, Warrior is perfect for you!

Reviewed by Raven Devanney, age 14, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

Lionsgate’s new movie ‘Warrior’ is about two brothers—Tommy Conlon, (Tom Hardy) a navy officer who went AWOL from his unit after being the only survivor of friendly fire and Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton), a former UFC fighter and a physics teacher who is upside-down on his mortgage and suspended from his job for fighting for cash near a strip club. The idea that both are accepted into ‘SPARTA’ (the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) competition of all MMA competitions) —is phenomenal. It was engaging in every way—even when it gets a little slow. The acting is fabulous. Tom Hardy does an especially excellent job playing the angry, pained character of Tommy and Nick Nolte is really moving as the recovering alcoholic father/coach. Not only is the acting great, but the score is great and the fight choreography is very real as well. I seriously recommend this movie for kids 12 and up. It has suggestive themes, very intense fight scenes and subject matter that would go way over the heads of kids under the age of 12.

Reviewed by Daniel Menengaz age 13, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic

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