Director: Gavin O'Conner. Cast: Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, Joel Edgerton. 140 min. Rated PG-13. Sports.
Two out-of-luck sons of an alcoholic father through separate paths train to participate in a high-prize mixed martial arts tournament. So from the get-go you know the two brothers will fight each other in the final match. No surprise there. Question is: does the story offer a worthy ending to that final match? Somewhat. But it takes such a long time to get there; the screenplay has this strange repetitive pattern of one character being thick-headed about a decision, and another trying to persuade him/her to change his/her mind. 83% on the Tomatometer? Could easily edit out half an hour.
PS: Attractive presence here by Tom Hardy, who graced Inception, and is to play Bane, Batman's "back-breaking" nemesis, in the upcoming Dark Knight Rises.