Tom Hardy in a UFC movie. That sentence would turn many people off a film straight away. It suggests mindless brutality; a “boys'” film; all style and no substance.
Well give it a chance because that could not be further from the truth.
This is Tom Hardy at his emotional best. He carries the pain and dignity of his character in such a subtle way. Words are not needed when all that is needed to be said is etched onto every crease on his face.
This a story less about the brutality of fighting as of the brutality of life. It is a journey we take with three main characters. A journey of hurt. A journey of love. A journey of battles (in many senses of the word). And ultimately a journey of forgiveness.
If you are a boy with a brother it will resonate deeply with you.
You have to see it.
And the song from the end credits is sublime
Just doin’ ma duty,
Old Bushel Britches x