Writer/director Gavin O’Connor’s Warrior
begins not with a physical blow, but an emotional one -- indicating from the first line spoken that there will be precious little levity in this tale of two brothers who are destined to clash in the ring. Emotions run hot in Warrior
, but the unflinching earnestness of the script and the actors ensure that the feelings ring true. Even the victories that appear to come easy in the film have been earned through years of suffering and endurance, and with each punch thrown we always know exactly what can be lost to failure. But you don’t have to be a mixed-martial-arts fan to appreciate the struggles waged in Warri...