Boxing is a strange kind of sport. It’s rather brutal, yet it has a certain elegance (not counting those meat bags in these multi-million dollar events beating the crap out of each other just for the money), yet it still eludes me for the most part. I never really liked it in school and even the well-shaped body of some Martin in job school during my apprenticeship couldn’t really convince me (he was a real hottie, though!). The other thing is, that it kind of seems a popular metaphor in science fiction movies. There’s pretty much one box fight episode in any of the Star Trek series for instance as there is one interesting episode in Battlestar Galactica as well. Of course there’s also a ton of movies on the subject and while to date I haven’t seen Rocky, I’ve seen The Million Dollar Baby and found it completely awful (after the first 40 minutes or so it just drifts into this emo syrup and becomes unbearable). So based on that, my predisposition to watch this kind of movies is at best a mixed bag, which makes what I saw last night an even greater feat.
I watched Warrior and man, was I floored! I’m not sure if it deserves the 10/10 rating it got at Joblo, but it is pretty close to the perfect movie indeed. Okay, just like many other movies it takes a moment to pick up speed and explain a back story, but once it gets rolling, it really picks up steam. What kept me sticking with it until the end (it’s over 2 hours) after yet another very long working day staring at CAD data is the overall cinematic feel it has. It has some gorgeous shots in it that scream to be seen on a big screen, which tragically never has been possible here in Europe where it goes directly to DVD/ BluRay and even in the US it was only in limited release. A real shame! It also has a very unique soundtrack that somehow sticks with you and makes you wanny buy it. What makes it so special beyond that is that it shows some interesting people trying to make it through and protect the lives they built for them. It’s a very subtle glance into the abysss that is the American dream when it turns into a nightmare in a somewhta similar manner to Win-Win. Not saying that this is how it is and many US citizens would probably disagree, but the important things is that you feel this could happen to anybody. Not many films achieve that feeling of being lost in what seems to be an endless daily struggle so perfectly. The odd thing about it is, that this isn’t particularly dependent on any specific actor but rather how the whole thing is balanced. By themselves, none of the performances are particularly outstanding, but perhaps that reduced kind of acting is what sucks you so in as it manages to establish a wider web rather than focusing on just one character. Things bounce off each otehr naturally and the story progresses in a way that feels just as natural. It’s really a great movie and if you have even the slightest chance of ever watching it, I’d highly recommend it.