Here we are at the #1 spot on FemaleFirst's countdown to the Best Movie of 2011 - and the title goes to the absolutely outstanding Warrior.

I cannot heap praise on this movie enough as it just blew me away from start to finish.

Don't let the fighting side of the movie put you off it is not all about kicking the crap out of your opponent there is also a very emotional family story that is the true heart of this wonderful movie.

The movie follows two estranged brothers as they prepare to fight in a MMA tournament.

Tommy is an ex-marine who is haunted by a tragic past while Brendan, equally as haunted, is fighting to save his family.

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-takes-all battle of their lives.

The ace card of this movie are the central performances from Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton - they don't only go above and beyond the call of duty in the physical scenes but they pull out emotional turns outside of the cage.

Both Hardy, Edgerton and Nolte play damaged men in performances that are riveting from start to finish.

Hardy, as we have come to expect from the actor, is simply superb as Tommy - a man who is still scarred by the betrayals and difficulties of the past - it a raw and emotional performance that should be applauded.

Edgerton is also excellent as a father who is trying to make ends meat for his family so get back in the fighting to make some money.

His family are what drives them forward but he is still haunted by the decisions that he made in his past.

The fight scenes really are brutal there is not getting away from that and, as an audience member, you feel like you have been in the cage with them.

Sure many will draw similarities with The Fighter from earlier this year but Warrior's action sequences are more impressive not to mention that it packs more of an emotional punch.

This is a character driven piece that has been made with such heart and passion from everyone involved. Director Gavin O'Connor really must be applauded from getting the best out of his actors.

This is the movie of 2011 that you cannot afford to miss!!

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw

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