Punching for life

The last week I watch a wonderful picture.  It is titled Warrior (2011) and is directed by Gavin O’Connor. I admit that I have never heard about this director before; I only watched the trailer time ago and it seemed to me a good movie. It’s a movie that, on his days, crossed the billboards without making too much noise. Despite all of that, after viewing the movie finally, I can assure that is a charming piece. A little gem.

The story is about two brothers who have been raised in a broken home. The alcoholic father, Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte), was a great boxing trainer, who taught the sport skills to his sons. When the father abandons them, the brothers take separately ways: the oldest, Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton), gets married and sets his own family, while the youngest, Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy), decides to enlist to the army. After long years, when Tommy returns home, he decides to be trained again by his father for competing in a mixed martial arts tournament. At the same time, Brendan, who is having serious financial problems, will be forced to compete in the same tournament. The situation gonna’ put the three characters into collision; they will have to face the dark vacuum left by each other.

I think that is a great movie. The kind of movies that aren’t abounding on the cinemas. It’s a sincere, black and encouraging tale. The pictures agrees nearly with basics of the cinema boxing genre. We can find a lot of similarities with films like: Rocky (1976), The Big Man (1990), Million Dollar Baby (2004), Cinderella Man (2005), etc. A protagonist who is a loser, an marginal of low-middle class, who sees on the boxing his path for overcome his ulcers and conflicts. An adventure of self-knowledge and self-improvement. The lively prof that with effort we can change things. They don’t punch a face, they punch against his life obstacles.

Sometimes, I found myself alone with this genre. I think that the pure boxing genre is more than punches and blood, they talk about our internal fights. Even the more humble people can reach what they want with the most simple things: their naked hands. They believe in something, so they fight.


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