Warrior opens with a welter of Christian iconography and references: a Pittsburgh church adorned with Eastern-style three-bar crosses from which we see Paddy Conlon (Nick Nolte) emerge; a rosary dangling from his rearview mirror as he drives home to discover his estranged son Tommy (Tom Hardy) waiting on the stoop of his house; a Bible that Tommy contemplates on Paddy’s table.
“So you found God. That’s awesome,” Tommy says softly, meaning the opposite. “Mom kept calling out for him … but he wasn’t around. I guess Jesus was down at the mill, forgiving all the drunks, huh? Who knew?”
Jesus may have forgiven Paddy, but Paddy’s sons haven’t. His drinking and violence drove his wife away when...READ MORE