"The Warriors." Now this is an interesting one to review. In a way an early version of "Sin City" only more grounded in reality, "The Warriors" is a gang film that takes elements from comic books and a variety of other sources while providing a gritty and moving portrayal of kids without focus. Not about real gangs as much as about young people in a surreal "Mad Max" kind of world (though not nearly so bad), "The Warriors" is a unique film worthy of attention.
A cult classic apparently, I had never heard of it before, and very few of the actors if any ever turned out to do much else of mainstream appeal. Still, it is films like this that remind me why I should go out on a limb and watch a movie I've never heard of before.
"The Warriors" is about a small gang called - you guessed it - The Warriors, who meet up at a "gang convention" of sorts where a popular and relatively neutral individual is trying to keep peace between the various gangs and get them all to form a truce. Unfortunately, he gets shot and The Warriors get blamed for his death, which basically puts them on the hit list of every strange gang in the city. For one night, they set out to make it back to the safety of Coney Island, but every corner they turn could be their last.
I don't know how to review this film other than saying I liked it. The visuals, the acting and the story are all great, edgy and gritty from beginning to end. It's action-packed while not being gratuitous, and satirical while not being in your face - or even funny. For some reason, it just has all the right elements that make it work.
For fans of the film who have heard of it before, "The Warriors" is now out in an Ultimate Director's Cut edition. I don't know what was added, but the movie is still short at 93 minutes and seems to flow quite well. This is well worth a viewing.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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