Opens today September 9, 2011 (Sneak Preview Screenings on Sunday, 09/04 – check your local theaters for showtimes) | Runtime:2 hr. 19 min.
PG-13 sequences of intense mixed martial arts fighting, some language and thematic material
Two estranged brothers and Mixed Martial Arts fighters confront the forces that tore their family apart as they prepare to do battle in the ring in this drama from director Gavin O’Connor (Pride and Glory). Tommy Riordan (Tom Hardy) is an ex-Marine from Pittsburgh who’s never quite shaken his troubled past. Upon learning that the purse in an upcoming MMA tournament is the largest in the league’s history, Tommy recruits his father (Nick Nolte), a former coach and recovering alcoholic, to whip him into shape in time for the competition. Meanwhile, as Tommy steadily ascends the ranks by defeating one powerful opponent after another, his brother Brendan struggles to provide for his family with his job as a public school teacher. A former MMA fighter with a devastating punch, Brendan begins to wonder if he, too, could have a shot at winning the coveted purse. But Tommy and Brendan’s biggest battle won’t be fought in the ring; it will be fought in their hearts and minds.
Wow… A must see… This is a modern day Rocky. This had edge of your seat action and is just done well. The commentators at the final fights are the funniest part of the movie. Nick Nolte is REALLY showing his age. I just really enjoyed this one a lot. Yes, it was predictable in spots, but it didn’t matter. This one should win awards at Oscar time. Anyone with any interest at all in MMA NEEDS to see this movie.