Brendan Conlon vs Tommy Conlon (Warrior)
Throughout the mixed martial arts tournament at the climax of Warrior, the fights feel decidedly underwhelming. They’re well choreographed, and authentically filmed, but there is very little sense of investment. you see, we know the two estranged brothers, Brendan and Tommy, are destined to meet in the final. So the results of the tournament bouts are easily anticipated.
Until that final battle. Then, all bets are off. The savage Tommy starts off strong, and it seems as though he will trample his brother. Brendan grafts through, however, and whilst their alcoholic, abusive father looks on, dislocates Tommy’s arm, turning the tide. The fight seems all but over, however Tommy isn’t willing to give up. When he succumbs to the inevitable, the emotion is overwhelming. Tommy is opening himself up to a reconciliation, whilst their father accepts his responsibility for the savage battle between the siblings.
The fight at the end of Warrior is emotionally charged, and a refreshingly realistic fight between warriors of differing styles. A fantastic ending that elevates the film from good to great.
This is not the final fight as we’d encourage you to see the film but this clip shows of Tom Hardy’s Tommy Conlon facing off against Mad Dog Pete Grimes.