'Warrior' Movie Tells Story of Redemption, Family

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A new inspirational film "Warrior" follows the story of a man repairing his relationships while trying to make history in the world of mixed martial arts.

The movie, which debuted Sept. 9, showcases a failing marriage, estranged siblings, and how God can work in those situations.

Some are comparing the film to a modern-day "Rocky."

Director Gavin O'Conner told CBN News the film is similar because of its inspirational take-away.

Watch CBN's Charlene Israel's interview with Gavin O'Connor by clicking on the video player.

"I think the film is reflective of that kind of triumph," O'Conner said, explaining how people can relate to the underdog characteristic of "Rocky" and "Warrior."

But while the movie does have a positive message, some say its violence detracts from the family value.

Focus on the Family movie critic Bob Waliszewski gave the movie 2.5 stars out of 5 for "family friendliness."

"The violence was a little bit extreme at time," he said.

Another issue that has raised concern is the language content in "Warrior."

O'Conner responded that the language may be perceived as harsh but it's realistic.

"I was trying to depict real life, so it's reflective of what we are surrounded with every day," he explained. "I thought that was an important aspect to it."

Those behind the film are hoping the movie goes deeper than just a few hours of entertainment.

A biblical discussion guide is being given to those who see the movie. It can be used for ministry and personal scripture study.

"Thematically the film deals with hope and redemption and most importantly forgiveness," O'Conner added.

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