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"People are doing stuff with very little
resources there — they just make do. You
kinda have to put less emphasis on mone-
tary stuff because someone right next to
you is doing the same for $10."
He's looking forward to finally getting
the cameras rolling.
"After making films all these years, the
most gratifying part is production itself,"
he says." Once a film is finished and you're
going to the festivals... it's fun but it gets
old quickly. I know enough by now that
that's really the part that makes me not
want to make another film." ■
There are worse ways to spend two hours in
a movie theater than watching hulking, half-
naked man-meat wail on each other — in fact,
it's hard to imagine a better way. That's at least
part of the appeal of Warrior.
Set in the world of mixed martial arts, it's a
fiction film (it's from Gavin O'Connor, the director
of Miracle, about the real-life 1980 U.S. Olympic
hockey team) about two estranged brothers
who face off for the ultimate glory: One (Joel
Edgerton), a family man in financial straights,
the other (Tom Hardy), a troubled Gulf War vet-
eran with something to prove. If that sounds
cliched, just try watching it.
No really, do — because, as predictable and
manipulative as Warrior is, it's also damned en-
tertaining, in the way only the hokiest of sports
movies can be. I grew up in a sports household,
so have long held a soft spot for movies like Mil-
lion Dollar Baby, Rocky III and The Fighter, all of
which this resembles more than passingly.
Hardy, a brooding slab of muscle, has
Brando stamped all over his performance, and
O'Connor effectively evokes the overcast, aim-
less depression of the Rust Belt occupied by
contentious Irishmen. Add a serious dose of ho-
moeroticism. and that's a recipe — OK, a for-
mula — for a feel-good film.
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