On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman reports from a screening of the forthcoming movie "Warrior". This major film, scheduled for release in September 2011, is a drama focusing on the quest of two estranged brothers to win a Grand Prix MMA tournament.
While Hollywood is known for its preposterous stories and clichés, especially in fight films, previews of the rough cut of this film have been getting glowing reviews from both general movie observers and many in the MMA community as well. Many are already mentioning the riveting performances of stars Tom Hardy and Nick Nolte as deserving of Oscar nominations.
We went to a media screening of "Warrior" Thursday night in New York, and recorded the comments of several of those in attendance immediately after the film concluded. We spoke with Jim Genia (mmajournalist.blogspot.com), Paula Romero, Kahleem Poole (kahl-one.com), Jeannie Rodriguez, and Al Bevilacqua (NYWrestling.com).
While this film is far from perfect in its portrayal of mixed martial arts, everyone with whom we spoke gave it a thumbs up. Our unanimous conclusion was: Whether you are a fan of MMA or not, "Warrior" is a must-see film.
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