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Brandon (played by Joel Edgerton) is a teacher desperate to earn some extra money to keep his family afloat. Tommy (Tom Hardy) is troubled war hero back from Iraq and looking to restart his life. They are brothers from a family that has long since been torn apart. And both of them end up in the same big mixed-martial arts tournament. Although this has a debt to a lot of classic fighter movies down the years, it gains a lot from having two talented lead actors who really do look like they could survive in the ring, and Nick Nolte is excellent as their alcoholic father. Be aware, the fight scenes can be very upsetting.
Tough, emotionally powerful film about a down-on-his luck boxer who gets an unexpected chance at becoming a pro fighter.
11+ years 115 mins
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