Release date: 21 September 2011
Running time:
140 mins
Gavin O'Connor
Nick Nolte, Tom Hardy, Jennifer Morrison, Joel Edgerton

When marine Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy) returns home after 14 years away, there's a lot of family history to deal with. He needs the help of his father Paddy (Nick Nolte) to train for SPARTA - the biggest winner-takes-all fight in Mixed Martial Arts history.

Tommy's brother Brendan (Joel Edgerton) is now a married schoolteacher and as an ex-fighter himself, he finds the only way to save his family from financial ruin is to step back into the ring. With the underdog Brendan and unstoppable Tommy on a collision course, they're forced to confront the past as well as each other in an emotional, high-stakes showdown.

BAFTA Rising Star 2011 winner Tom Hardy builds on his astonishing performance in 'Bronson', undergoing another physical transformation to become pumped-up cage-fighter Tommy. He's ably matched by Aussie actor Joel Edgerton, recently seen in 'Animal Kingdom'.

Contains frequent moderate sporting violence and one use of strong language.

Screenplay: Gavin O'Connor, Anthony Tambakis, Cliff Dorfman

Distributor: Lionsgate

You should see it because: It blends heart-pounding action with stirring family drama, with a climax as moving as it is thrilling.

See it if you liked: Bronson (2008), The Wrestler (2008), The Fighter (2010)