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I never felt so disturbed after watching movie but this time.
This is so for these reasons: Primarily, gladiator, in this movie are called warrior, can still find audience in a civilized world. Lastly, the bout between siblings before a huge audience can be considered entertaining.
The family history taught them to be a warrior fighting for the present and with their past plots the story of the movie Warrior.
Brendan Conlon (Joel Edgerton) is a family man pushed by unfortunate circumstance to go back to arena. His mortgage problem finds its way to join small fights to earn extra. Being a physics teacher, such activity was detested by school authority resulting to his suspension with no pay. After hearing about the Sparta, mixed martial art fight, and its handsome winning price, he had now a venue to fight for his present, for his family’s future. He must endure the reason for fighting. His endurance made him to the finals.
Former U.S. Marine Tommy Riordan (Tom Hardy)’s reputation when he beat a professional fighter in 30seconds led him to the Sparta. This adds up to his hero stance for saving a fellow marine during the war. He must be strong to perpetuate his legacy.
The fight with their past was center staged when brothers, Brendan and Tommy, united by hating their father, who trains Tommy in his fights. Their past also detached them because Brendan’s choice to have his own family leaving the later alone with his mother who died miserably left a wound to the younger Tommy. Two brothers at the winner-takes-all stage run each other’s wounds of the past. Here’s the more detailed story.
More than the accolade the gladiator brought to themselves and to their owners, it still remains, for me, a dehumanizing past of human history. Whether it is a punishment for a crime made by a captured slave or a way to earn as paid volunteer, being entertained by other’s misery is insane. It might give the audience a victory feeling from being able to cast verdict to the gladiators. It may be an empowering acts for able to participate in decision making. These victory and empowerment provided an illusion of escape from their everyday dealings.
Just imagine how it feels when siblings are there in the arena?