(R) ★★★☆☆

This feverish martial arts film opens up a lot of cans of emotional whup-ass, but, every time you start resisting, somehow the film makes the sale, again. Director/co-writer Gavin O’Connor is an entertainer, and this frenetic film defies its own frenzy. Two estranged brothers, Tommy (Tom Hardy) and Brendan (Joel Edgerton), enter an MMA competition in Atlantic City. Does the final match come down to brother against brother? I wouldn’t rule it out. The story is gritty, and the acting just simmering enough to hold.

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By Tribune Media Services

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