Hardy Kicks It

I had to run out to an 11 am screening of Gavin O’Connor‘s Warrior (Lionsgate, 9.9), a rousing, emotionally emphatic, Mixed Martial Arts family drama that I’m not allowed to review at this time. But Tom Hardy is the shit in this thing. The instant he appeared on-screen I knew he was up to something extra-special and quite fierce. He gives one of the most intense burn-through, seething-machismo performances I’ve ever seen in a mainstream feature.

Hardy’s Warrior character is an AWOL Marine who eats his MMA opponents in the cage. He’s a quiet animal in a hoodie, he’s Bane, he walks like a fucking musclebound gorilla, he’s bruised and compassionate and crying inside, and he’s really something else.

  • dino velvet

    Huh, really? That trailer looked cheesy and predictable with the inspirational/uplifting music from hell, but if Hardy brings it…hmm.

  • LexG

    Did the high school featured prominently in the film look ESPECIALLY depressing?

    Like the kind of place where a kid would get beaten and bullied every day in, say, 1987-1990, and cause a kid a lifetime tailspin of depression and bitterness, and now they’re making a movie in said school where he used to get his ass kicked, and he’s in the movie capital of the world not making movies?

  • Mark

    Thank you. Maybe everyone here will quiet down now about Nolan’s franchise dying w/ Ledger.

  • Mark G.

    when I saw it at CinemaCon I was very pleasantly surprised by WARRIOR…

    I never expected it to grip my attention as much as it did, I liked the acting and even though I am to Martial Arts as what McDonalds is to healthy food I thought the fighting scenes were very engaging…

    I especially liked the new angle as this is the first cheery sports movie (at least to my knowledge) where you want to cheer up two different “teams”…

  • Mark
  • Krillian

    Egggggxcellent. Maybe Tom Hardy can become what we thought Sam Worthington would become.

    He’s come a long way from playing “Young Clone of Picard.”

  • Snoop Marlo

    Jeff, correct me if I’m wrong, but Hardy looks a Jonah Hill-ish in the 1 sheet.

  • Zach

    “In a mainstream feature” – Is that to say he doesn’t top his performance in Bronson (is that even possible?)

  • littlebigman

    Jeff- Will any woman – any woman with all her teeth and without tattoos – go and see this film? Judging from that brutal trailer I highly doubt it.

  • Rashad

    How’s his accent? I thought it was inconsistent in Black Hawk Down

  • Manitoba

    I gather Tom Hardy is an English actor who broke through in Christopher Nolan’s 2010 “Inception.” MSN has some good SPLASH video of a head shaved Hardy in costume as BANE,the villain, battling Batman on the outdoor Pittsburgh set of 2012’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” Hardy looks impressive despite a major wardrobe malfunction–a giant side of his pants rip on one leg.

  • Alboone

    This guy is no fucking joke. I hate these kinds of movies, but I want to see because he’s in it. He was even great in that terrible Star Trek movie he did back in 2002. If anyone on this post has not seen Bronson — put it on your netflix que right fucking now. He is beyond brilliant in that one. I have never seen a performance like it. He practically stole Inception from DiCaprio. If Warner’s were smart I would sign him up for a sequel and have him team up with Joseph Gordon Leavitt.

  • Gaydos

    littlebigman: What if ALL the women WITH tattoos and WITHOUT teeth turn out for the film? Huh? How rockin’ would that be?

    There is a Michael Cera joke in here somewhere, but I will have to get back to you when I find it.

  • Alboone

    This guy is no fucking joke. I hate these kinds of movies, but I want to see because he’s in it. He was even great in that terrible Star Trek movie he did back in 2002. If anyone on this post has not seen Bronson — put it on your netflix que right fucking now. He is beyond brilliant in that one. I have never seen a performance like it. He practically stole Inception from DiCaprio. If Warner’s were smart I would sign him up for a sequel and have him team up with Joseph Gordon Leavitt.

  • Eloi Wrath

    I’m glad Wells liked it, but that line in the trailer… “This is IMPOSSIBLE! The two men fighting for the championship tonight… ARE BROTHERS!” My God, that attracts more groans that I’ve ever heard for a trailer. They should recut that.

  • Chase Kahn

    Film looks absolutely terrible. I love Hardy and all, but I don’t think I can see it, plus I don’t have an affliction t-shirt.

  • littlebigman

    Gaydos-

    Well, then that is one movie I’ll never see,

    And, really, what’s with these posters – DRIVE and WARRIOR, I mean – that seem to be aimed exclusively at gay audiences.

    I want to watch these actors act, not suck them off.

  • http://moviebob.blogspot.com THE MovieBob

    I’m sorry, I have to ask this again: Where the FUCK did this sudden mini-craze for MMA in Hollywood come from? Is UFC a big fad for screenwriters and producers in LA right now or something? There’s at least two more variations on THIS exact movie coming out this year, plus Red Belt awhile back and “Haywire” with the MMA chick, and for some reason Randy Couture keeps getting cast in stuff. What gives?

    It can’t just be “shoot what’s popular” – all the sports bar douchenozzles who loooooove cage-fighting love NASCAR way more, and all THEY got so far was Ricky Bobby pissing all over their “culture” and maybe kinda-sorta “Cars.”

    Is it just more of the “boo-hoo, whats to become of traditional masculinity?? We must rescue it!!” bullshit that keeps cropping up in the culture now – i.e. the same thing that produces a new unremarkable-guy-who-looks-good-with-a-buzzcut “star” like Sam Worthington every year or so and now likely means I’ll be suffering through ANOTHER fucking “Expendables?”

  • taikwan

    That’s Uncle Owen Lars on the right.

  • astrophore

    Nice to see a Pittsburgh shout-out, Lex. NORTH HILLS POWER.

    I went to first grade with Kurt Angle. And I see Tom Savini from time to time….

  • bobbyperu

    It might be nice for every fan boy ejaculating about “BANE” this and that to acknowledge Tom Hardy’s PRIOR CAREER, including his blistering performance in Bronson, which was about as exposed as you can get and Method all the way. Funny that most think his debut was in Nolan-land… Zzzzz….

  • Rashad

    his Bronson performance would be better if the movie wasn’t insufferable.

  • the sordid sentinel

    Watched Black Hawk Down a couple of weeks ago and was really taken aback by how young Hardy seemed in it. He looked about 14. I know that was released a decade ago now (time really flies), but the difference is startling.

  • Ian T

    I think Hardy can be a really special actor, but hope he doesn’t get pidgeon holed due to his physique. I don’t want him to be the next Vin Diesel, maybe not even the next Bruce Willis. To me, he has more talent than that. I wonder if he is willing and/or capable of gaining and losing the weight and really getting into roles the way a Bale does? Even if he doesn’t, he is becoming reason enough to see a film.

  • Super Soul

    I just discovered I’m a little less straight than I thought I was.

  • Kakihara

    Too bad Hardy’s still no replacement for Mad Mel.

  • French Ant

    Hardy was also prominently showcased in Guy Ritchie’s Rocknrolla.

  • Peterzee

    The manliest thing Tom Hardy has ever done is arise from the fucking car wreck (starship wreck?) that was STAR TREK: NEMESIS. Home run casting to have him in the next MAD MAX movies. I agree that he’s got tremendous acting talent — just watch him in INCEPTION and there’s plenty going on behind those baby-blues in nearly every scene — and that it’d be nice to see him getting a chance to stretch in parts that aren’t sustained wanks over his physicality. Curious to see how he’s used in THIS MEANS WAR.

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