A healthy person comes down with a high fever and nasty cough. The symptoms morph into a horrific new disease that's quickly fatal and spreads like wildfire. Events move very swiftly from one alarming advance of the virus to another.
The drama unfolds in a swift succession of clinical developments. Human stupidity, greed and Internet bloggers add a modern twist to the old story. The chase for the cure is riveting but also impersonal. It leaves little time to care about the individual people suffering through the medical nightmare.
I do appreciate the skill and strategy behind a good fight, if not the violence itself. Films like
Now comes "Warrior," a first-rate mixed martial arts movie that has us rooting for not one, but three protagonists.
Brooding Tommy (Tom Hardy) comes home to visit estranged dad Paddy Conlon (
Meanwhile, high school teacher and devoted father Brendan Conlon (
"Warrior" pulls no punches with movie clichés, but the fight scenes are so expertly done and the acting so terrific, it draws you in anyway. You may find yourself clenching your fists right up until the closing credits.
Nolte, looking like a battered oak, is still an amazingly nuanced actor. Edgerton and Hardy (who reminds me of a young Brando) have great physicality as well as a tenderness especially evident in the nearly wordless ending.
Even tough guys will be moved to tears.
JOHN DEPKO is a retired senior investigator for the Orange County public defender's office. He lives in Costa Mesa and works as a licensed private investigator.