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2011 film starring Joel Edgerton and TomHardy as a pair of estranged brothers who enter a MixedMartialArts tournament, each for their own reasons. Also stars Nick Nolte as their father, a retired, recovering alcoholic boxer.

The film opens when the younger brother Tommy (Hardy) returns to Pittsburgh after leaving with his mother years ago to escape his father's out-of-control alcoholism. He begins working out at a local gym and asks his father (celebrating 1000 days on the wagon) to train him for the Sparta tournament, a 16-contestant, single-elimination MMA tournament with a winner-take-all $5 million purse. Tommy's got a few demons in his past though, and it turns out he's not just in it for the money.

When Tommy left, his elder brother Brendan stayed in Pittsburgh for the sake of his future wife. He is a former UFC fighter, but has retired and now teaches high school physics. He's having trouble making ends meet however, and his house is on the brink of foreclosure, so he starts fighting again to supplement his income. Turns out the school board doesn't approve of him moonlighting as a cage fighter, so he ends up suspended without pay from his teaching position. He knows it's a longshot, but if he can win the Sparta tournament, he'd be able to keep his house. This, of course, puts him on a collision course with Tommy, who still resents him for staying in Pittsburgh while Tommy took care of their ailing mother.

The movie was well received at the box office, with excellent characterization and solid performances turned in by the lead actors, as well as very realistic fight scenes.

Unrelated to the [[{{Comicbook/Warrior}} comic book]].

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!!This film contains examples of:

* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Tommy is quite a {{Jerkass}} towards Brendan.
* AntiVillain: Both Brendan and Tommy are treated sympathetically throughout the film, but Tommy fulfills the role of the villain, with Brendan being closer to a role of hero. He's a complete jerk to both his brother and father throughout the film, refusing to help them reconcile their old family demons (although not [[FreudianExcuse without reason]]). He also fights like a classic screen villain, [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] his foes with anger and brutality.
* ApologeticAttacker: [[spoiler:Brendan, when he realizes Tommy won't concede the fight even with a dislocated shoulder, apologizes as he puts him in the match-ending chokehold.]]
* AsHimself: A few MMA personalities who appear in the film play themselves:
** Stephan Bonnar and Rashad Evans both appear as themselves on ESPN
** The Tapout founders Skyscrape and Punkass make several appearances
** Referee Josh Rosenthal oversees the final bout, making several terrible calls. Non-MMA fans might be confused as to whom Frank Campana is talking to when he repeatedly chastises "Josh." It should be noted that in the credits, the character "Referee Josh Rosenthal" is credited as "Josh Rosenthal" instead of "Himself" like all the other real life personalities, presumably because the character is a comically inept referee, while Rosenthal himself was considered to be one of the best refs in the business.
* TheAtoner: Paddy to his sons.
* AttackAttackAttack: Tommy, when he's not outright knocking out his opponents with the first punch of the first round.
* {{Badass}}: Lots of people, being a movie about MMA.
* BadassTeacher: Brendan, who is a Physics teacher.
* BenevolentBoss: The principal in Brendan's school, who is also a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
* BerserkerTears: [[spoiler: One round after getting his shoulder dislocated by Brendan, Tommy gets these. Whether it's from the pain, or from all the circumstances he's faced with is up to interpretation]].
* BewareTheQuietOnes: Koba never spoke in the entire film but is a very lethal fighter. While Tommy spoke, he avoids any sort of interviews during the tournament but [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomped]] his opponents, nonetheless.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Brendan gets the 5 million dollars he needs and wins the competition]] but Tommy gets very little closure and is about to face some serious charges. Their father's off the wagon (Tommy's fault), although it might just be a lapse, and seems to realize that keeping his distance is the best thing to do, rehabilitation or no, so he gets to keep being lonely. Tommy does seem to have forgiven Brendan and accepts him as a brother.
* BloodKnight: Tommy has some combination of this, DeathSeeker and SurvivorsGuilt motivating his fights. At one point the comentators point out that if he were to fight someone outside the ring with the same level of excessive brutality (he had to be pulled off his opponents several times) he would face assault charges.
* BloodSport: Although the sport itself is treated pretty realistically, the idea that MMA is a brutal bloodsport where competitors could die at any moment is played up for dramatic effect, particularly with Brendan's wife.
* BrokenAce: Tommy.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Frank Campana is known for his unusual training methods involving classical music, but damn if he gets results.
* ButtMonkey: Mad Dog Grimes only has two major scenes and he [[spoiler: gets his rear absolutely handed to him by Tommy in both (Though he does bring it on himself on both occasions)]].
* ByronicHero: Tommy is a quiet, distant loner, who has [[DarkAndTroubledPast very painful experiences]] in his family life and in the Marines. When fighting, he is very ruthless, [[CurbStompBattle curb-stomping]] his opponents in one hits. In addition, he is shown to have a certain disregard for rules, such as not attending press-conferences and leaving the ring immediately after matches. He also has quite the charisma, as he actually gains a huge number of fans because of this.
* CainAndAbel: Subverted. The brothers' issues has nothing to do with SiblingRivalry but more on abandonment and familial duties.
* CelebrityParadox: The UFC exists in this world. Several UFC fighters appear as themselves, while other UFC (and former UFC) fighters appear as fictional characters.
* ContrivedCoincidence:
** Two brothers with slim MMA credentials both independently decide to enter the fight game at the same time. They both qualify for and enter the exact same tournament, and both defeat some of the purportedly greatest fighters in the world to compete against each other in the finals.
** The soldier that Tommy saved just happens to spot him on a Youtube video.
* CooldownHug: At the end. A CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming and a TearJerker all wrapped up in one.
* CoolTeacher: Even before Brendan's students find out about his MMA skills, it is clear that he's very popular with them. Unsurprisingly, they like him even more when they find out he's a {{Badass}} MMA fighter.
* CulturedBadass: Frank Campana trains his fighters using classical musics and philosophies.
* CurbStompBattle: Tommy overwhelms all of his early opponents with superior speed and power, quickly defeating them in brutal fashion. His fighting style highlights his role as the AntiVillain of the film.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Why Tommy left Iraq.
* DarkHorseVictory: [[spoiler: Brendan pulled one after the other, ultimately winning the tournament. Tommy's NoHoldsBarredBeatDown against Mad Dog Grimes may also fit.]]
* DefeatMeansFriendship: A classic example. [[spoiler: Tommy can't set aside his resentment towards Brendan until Brendan reluctantly gives him a NoHoldsBarredBeatdown. Brendan only does it because Tommy's fighting despite a dislocated arm and needs to be subdued quickly or else risk more intense injury fighting. While choking him out, Brendan asks for forgiveness in anguish and tells Tommy he loves him (keeping in mind Tommy had just gleefully tried to punch the life out of Brendan), at which point Tommy finally taps out and [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming they embrace as brothers]]]].
* DefeatingTheUndefeatable: Brendan when he defeats Koba, [[spoiler:and again when he defeats Tommy.]]
* DelinquentHair: Mad Dog sports a colorful mohawk to let us know that he's a JerkAss. He even colors it camouflage for his fight with Tommy as a TakeThat to all the servicemen in the audience.
* DescendedCreator: Director Gavin O'Connor plays the man who financed the tournament.
* {{Determinator}}: This is Brendan's primary fighting style, highlighting him as the hero of the film. He's a heavy underdog all the way through, but always manages to persevere and find a way to win via sustained grappling. In the end, Tommy also shows himself to be one, but in a more tragic way. He keeps fighting even after his defeat is certain, refusing to just let go because he's determined to support his best friend's widow [[spoiler:and he breaks down when he realizes that he can't win with one arm]]. This sets Tommy apart from [[MotherRussiaMakesYouStrong Koba]], who taps out when in the same position.
* DomesticAbuse: When his father mentions swearing off women, Tommy mumbles that it must be hard to find a woman who can take a good punch these days.
* TheDutifulSon: What Tommy sees Brendan as, especially since Brendan stayed behind for the sake of his wife and to care of Paddy.
* DysfunctionalFamily: The Conlons have shades of this. However Brendan's family is amazingly functional.
* DysfunctionJunction: Paddy is a lonely recovering alcoholic, Tommy has PTSD (and a lot of chips on his shoulders) and Brendan has inferiority and abandonment issues.
* FightClubbing: Brendan intends to scrape together a living by fighting in "smokers," which are small-time, often unsanctioned fighting events.
* GeniusBruiser: Brendan's physics students see him this way when they find out about his MMA moonlighting. This one's based on the real-life history of UFC middleweight Rich Franklin, a math teacher before his fighting days.
* GrayAndGrayMorality: The film portrayed it's characters really well by equally highlighting their strengths and flaws.
* HappilyMarried: Brendan and Tess, even if they don't always see eye to eye.
* HeadbuttOfLove: Brendan eventually gives one to Tommy [[spoiler:after he beats him in the tournament.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Even though the movie is about two brothers, the true bromance is between Brendan and his trainer Frank.
* HighschoolSweethearts: Brendan and Tess are a couple since high school.
* InstantWebHit: A video of Tommy [[spoiler: beating Mad Dog]] at the gym gets uploaded on Youtube by the gym receptionist. It becomes so popular the soldiers overseas are checking it out.
* InstantFanClub: Tommy gets one on the second day of the tournament.
* {{Jerkass}}: Tommy to his father, Paddy, and brother, Brendan. [[spoiler: He later warms up to them]].
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Tommy.
* KickTheDog: Mad Dog kicks several dogs so that we don't sympathize with him when [[spoiler: Tommy humiliates and crushes him in the ring.]] He's a cocky asshole when he knocks out his first sparring partner. He also dyes his mohawk camoflauge to mock Tommy's past as a Marine.
* {{Leitmotif}}: Brendan's trainer Frank Campana uses Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" as his intro music, which is at odds with the rap and Russian music intros of the other fighters.
* LightningBruiser: Tommy [[spoiler:knocks out all his opponents early in the first round - until he fights Brendan]]. Koba also qualifies.
* ManlyTears: The ending, both in-universe and out.
* MegatonPunch: Something of a speciality of Tommy's. His first fight in the tournament ends ''really'' quickly courtesy of one, and his whole fighting style revolves around demolishing his opponent's defence with a barrage of knock-out punches.
* MemeticBadass: Tommy becomes one in-universe after his video hits the web. He does eventually prove to be worth his fame.
* MorallyBankruptBanker: The banker shows absolutely no sympathy for Brendan's situation. At one point he rolls his eyes and mutters about how hard it is to keep all of his clients' sob stories straight.
* MsFanservice: Brendan's wife, played by Jennifer Morrison.
** To say nothing of the ring girls.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Advertising materials for the film states that Tommy fights for his country, which ''was'' probably true, but [[spoiler: he is a marine who went AWOL and during the tournament, he mainly fights for the family of his fallen friend in the corps.]]
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The film often skirts amusingly close to actual MMA figures without ''quite'' hitting them on the nose.
** Koba is obviously Fedor Emelianenko with the serial numbers filed off. They are both bald, stoic, tattoo-free, dominant Russian champs who never fought on American soil. Some reviewers mistook the reference for a take on ''RockyIV'''s Ivan Drago.
** Brendan's trainer Frank Campana resembles Greg Jackson, both presented as personable top-level trainers with an intellectual approach. In physical appearance he's more similar to Mark [=DellaGrotte=], who takes a similarly calm and intellectual approach.
** Bryan Callen as a ringside color commentator is an obvious Joe Rogan impersonation. Both are brash comedians with a casual commentating style.
** The sponsor of the Sparta tournament is a bald businessman who is always hanging around the press and got rich before getting into the fight game. He's a combination of the billionaire Feritta brothers who bought the UFC and the bald UFC president Dana White, an infamous media hound.
** Brendan's story is inspired by Rich Franklin, who is also a former math teacher who made it big in MMA.
* OffTheWagon: [[spoiler:Paddy Conlon after Tommy berates him one time too many.]]
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: In the scene where Paddy visits Brendan for the first time, Joel Edgerton's Aussie accent slips out when he says "I've got a wife and kids; I don't have time for whatever this is." (It's adorable.)
* PetTheDog: After [[spoiler: pushing his father back into the bottle, Tommy tucks him into bed upon discovering him drunk and despondent]].
* {{Pride}}: Brendan's main flaw is his absolute refusal to file for bankruptcy or move to a smaller house, even though his wife would rather take that option than watch him risk his life in the ring.
* ProductPlacement: This film is brought to you by Tapout! The brand is plastered everywhere. The fictional tournament is sponsored by the company, its two surviving founders appear as themselves in several scenes, and the film is dedicated to the memory of late Tapout founder Charles "Mask" Lewis.
* PyrrhicVictory: [[spoiler: Although Brendan already had Tommy since the 3rd round, he becomes more concerned for his brother's well being than actually winning the tournament. His wife is also obviously uncomfortable watching her husband dominating his own brother despite their urgent need for the prize money.]]
* RedOniBlueOni: Tommy is the red to Brendan's blue. Their gloves are ColorCodedForYourConvenience.
* RetiredBadass: Brendan is a former UFC fighter and comes back ''much'' better.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstructed]]. Tommy, the {{Badass}} LightningBruiser, has huge abandonment and ParentalIssues and fights brutally as an outlet for all the bad things that happened in his life. Brendan, the passionate one, has guilt for not going with Tommy and their mother (especially when he realized things went FromBadToWorse) when he decided to stay with their father despite being TheUnfavourite [[WellDoneSonGuy because he wanted to have a proper relationship with him]], in addition to the only reason for him fighting again is to keep his own family afloat.
* ShellShockedVeteran:
** Tommy is a veteran of the Iraq war.
** Paddy. If his drunken ramblings are historically accurate, he was reliving his closest friends and coworkers heading toward certain doom courtesy of a foolish leader.
* ShownTheirWork: While it's not perfect, the film gets quite a lot right about MMA.
* [[spoiler: SickeningCrunch: Tommy's shoulder makes a very unpleasant sound when Brendan snaps it like a twig in the final fight.]]
** [[spoiler: Not that Tommy didn't have it coming. Brendan had him locked in an omaplata shoulder lock, an '''extremely''' dangerous submission hold. In the end, Tommy's stubbornness led to him getting his shoulder dislocated.]]
** [[spoiler: And Brendan [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone clearly regrets what he did immediately after the fact.]]]]
* StoneWall: Possibly Brendan. His main strategy is to wait and defend until he sees an opening. However, he's still considerably strong offensively to fit in this trope.
* TournamentArc
* TrainingMontage: The training montage for both brothers, overlaid with commentary and Beethoven (Brendan's leitmotif).
* UnderdogsNeverLose: [[spoiler: Brendan pulled [[DarkHorseVictory dark horse victories]] after the other, ultimately winning the tournament.]]
* TheUnfavorite: Brendan, who was ignored by their father in favor of training Tommy.
* UnknownRival: Mad Dog Grimes to Tommy.
* VillainProtagonist: Tommy, although he's more of an AntiVillain {{Deuteragonist}}.
* WellDoneDadGuy: Paddy.
* WhamLine: Two InUniverse examples;
** Brendan's "I forgave you & mom" speech to Tommy made the latter go from indifferent to extremely pissed off.
** TheReveal that Brendan and Tommy are brothers made Brendan's co-workers and students' jaws drop.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: [[spoiler:The film has no epilogue, so we never see the repercussions of Tommy's desertion nor find out what becomes of the family he promised to support.]]
* WillingSuspensionOfDisbelief: The film relies on some {{Contrived Coincidence}}s.
* TheWorfEffect: We see Mad Dog crush his sparring partner with a spinning back elbow, only to be crushed himself by [[spoiler: Tommy the first time we see him fight.]]

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