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Warrior “I think I liked you better when you were drunk. These were harsh words used by Tommy Conlon in the movie “Warrior.” You usually don’t hear this phrase, but in this movie it is one of the most memorable things said. Gavin O’Connor’s 2011 movie Warrior might not have been one of the most successful movies of this year, and they even lost money making it, but I can say that this is one of the most memorable, action, packed, touching movies I have ever seen. This story about two brothers and their abusive alcoholic father is one of the most touching movies I have seen in awhile and don’t believe it gets the respect it deserves. Warrior didn’t do so well grossing, but it was highly scored by critics. The struggle between this broken family is what ties this whole movie to what it really is. As two brothers named Brendan and Tommy Conlon grow up with their sick mother and alcoholic father (Patty Conlon) this household is really falling apart. It becomes so bad that they are forced to separate from their father. But Brendan doesn’t go with his brother and mother. He decides to stay with his girlfriend at the age of 16 who he later marries. The brothers have no form of contact to each other. As they grow older the mother gets sick and dies and Tommy goes into the Marines. While Tommy is in the marines Brendan becomes a schoolteacher. Tommy becomes a national hero when he saves the lives of multiple soldiers after his whole team had been killed, which emotionally scarred Tommy. While all of this is going on, Brendan is having a hard time supporting his family and starts doing venue fights in parking lots trying to make extra money. The word goes around school and he is suspended without pay by the principal. Brendan doesn’t know what to do, so he enters a fighting tournament after his friend has to withdraw because of an injury during training. The winner of the tournament takes home $5,000,000. Brendan is forced to enter. Meanwhile Tommy can’t take it anymore in the marines and illegally discharges from the marines and heads to his hometown in Philadelphia. Tommy also hears about the fight, and with no job, he is forced to join also. Tommy contacts his father and asks him to train him on one occasion, that it is the only reason and Tommy says he will not forgive his father. So he prepares for the tournament as well. In the tournament Tommy powers his way through to the final battle while Brendan has a little trouble, but they both make it. And eventually meet face to face for the first time in years. If you want to know what happens you will have to watch the movie, but beautiful elements of drama were used in this movie, such as theme. I would say that the theme of this movie would easily be forgiveness. It shows this broken family throughout the movie and then at the end they all love each other as if the past never happened. The past has no effect on family bonds, which is the strongest bond you could have. The other element of art used very well was music. At the end of this movie is when I realized how well the music was used. The song at the end portrays the saddest scene in the movie. But that’s not the only place it is used well. Also it is used great when Tommy is in his first fight and it has a very fast paced beat keeping you really interested. Warrior is my favorite movie, and could easily be yours also. The audience I would recommend watching this is anyone, no matter his or her age or movie preference. This could fall into almost any category besides horror. If you have not seen this movie I highly recommend it. Bottom line is, its one of the best movies I have ever watched.

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