Lists: Action, Drama, Martial Arts films

Brief Synopsis: "An ex-Marine haunted by a tragic past, Tommy Riordan (Tom Hardy) returns to his hometown of Pittsburgh and enlists his father (Nick Nolte), a recovering alcoholic and his former coach, to train him for an MMA tournament awarding the biggest purse in the history of the sport. As Tommy blazes a violent path toward the title prize, his brother Brendan (Joel Edgerton), a former MMA fighter unable to make ends meet as a public school teacher, returns to the amateur ring to provide for his family. Even though years have passed, recriminations and past betrayals keep Brendan bitterly estranged from both Tommy and his father. But when Brendan's unlikely rise as an underdog sets him on a collision course with Tommy, the two brothers must finally confront the forces that tore them apart, all the while waging the most intense winner-take-all battle of their lives."

Overall Ranking: 732 (Rank from 2011: # 26)

Adjusted* Rating:
(lowest rating dropped)

Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 46.15%
Regular 53.85%
Half-Popped 0%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Gorgon Reviews98(full review)
Darren of Movie Reviews 10192(full review)
Bryan Lienesch91 - I'm not too man enough to admit that this one of only two movies to wrench tears out of me. Pre-puberty viewings don't count.
Maurice of Movie Mixology90(full review)
Tom Little of Digital Shortbread89(full review)
That Movie Guy Dion Wyn Hughes87(full review)
Rob from GuysFilmQuest80
Nathan Adams and the Temple Of Reviews80(full review)
Lisa Marie Bowman75 - This film works surprisingly well. Great performance from Tom Hardy.
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3Guys Griff70(full review)
David Baruffi70(full review)
Thomas Pollock70
Sober Film Critic James Brown70(full review)

People Involved

  • Tom Hardy (Tom Conlon)
  • Jennifer Morrison (Tess Conlon)
  • Nick Nolte (Paddy Conlon)
  • Joel Edgerton (Brendan Conlon)
  • Frank Grillo (Frank Campana)
  • Jennifer Morrison (Tess Conlon)
  • Kevin Dunn (Principal Zito)
  • Maximiliano Hernández (Colt Boyd)
  • Bryan Callen (Himself)
  • Sam Sheridan (Himself)
  • Jake McLaughlin (Mark Bradford)
  • Vanessa Martinez (Pilar Fernandez)
  • Denzel Whitaker (Stephon)
  • Carlos Miranda (Tito)
  • Nick Lehane (Nash)
  • Laura Chinn (KC)
  • Gavin OConnor (Director)