Peaceful Warrior is another movie in
the line of sport films that has been inspired by true events which
stars Scott Mechlowicz as the lead role in this film as a cocky
young gymnatist who is preparing for the next Olympic games.
his popularity on campus and his clear athletic talents, something
is missing in his life, and he is haunted by recurring dreams of
disaster and failure.
One night, after
a particularly vivid nightmare, he takes a 3am jog to a convenience
store at a nearby service station and meets a soft-spoken and
cryptic old man (Nick Nolte) who performs an act that seems to defy
the laws of physics. Intrigued by how the strange man accomplished
this feat, Dan returns each night to learn life lessons and wisdom
from the man he jokingly calls "Socrates".
Over the course
of many months, the two engage in philosophical discussion as
Socrates tries to teach the young gymnast to stop lamenting the past
and obsessing about the future and simply live in the now. When an
accident threatens to destroy Dan's career, he turns to his mentor
for guidance in hopes of one day competing again.
aspect of Peaceful Warrior is that it is too clichéd and feels
forced and contrived and not even Scott Mechlowicz cannot truly save
this film. Much of the movie seems to be disjointed as characters
come and go with little or no explanation was to why. Unfortunately
Victor Salva fails to recapture the majestic beauty of the original