Moview Review: Warrior

Genre: Action
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Stars: Joel Edgerton, Tom Hardy

*** 1⁄2

Being billed as this year's The Fighter, the mixed martial-arts drama Warrior pits two estranged brothers against each other as they each surge through the ranks of a multi-million dollar fighting championship. Though that sounds like an attempt at selling cinematic brutality to jacked-up MMA fans, director Gavin O'Connor (Miracle) spins an emotionally-intense story that delves into family dysfunction and forgiveness despite its predictable arc and bloated running time.