A chaotic, cult classic with a unique look and style, The Warriors is great entertainment but lacks the bite that I expected.

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Watching The Warriors was a thoroughly enjoyable experience; it’s an incredibly visual film which is hard to take your eyes off… however watching it I couldn’t help feeling disappointed (probably from the hype).

You see The Warriors is a film I’ve constantly heard about and seen in “Top Cult Movie” lists; it is a movie that supposedly the opposite of ‘West Side Story’… I was therefore expecting a dark gangland tale and what I got instead was lots of strangely dressed gangs running around – if you’ve ever wanted to see Gene Simmons play baseball then it’s a film for you.

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The film is fairly low budget and that is obvious from the opening sequence, but the filmmakers embrace this and opt to make it look purposefully gritty. Which works wonderfully. The costumes for each gang are also amazing to look at, although they do at times seem a bit childish for the settings. It is however well directed by Walter Hill in the sense that should you look away for even a second you can lose track of the entire plot.

The problem is the film doesn’t seem to have a purpose beyond enjoyability… there are many moments in the film where it almost makes a statement about the horrors of gang culture – and the rape and violence that come with it. But it always seems to shy away from the fact. The closest it comes are in the opening scene with the famous ‘Can You Dig It?’ monologue.

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This aside the film is just a typical action-comedy, with the Warriors running around and fighting with a forced romantic sub-plot thrown in for good measure. I spent in the entire film wondering if there was a point and it turns out there isn’t… the whole experience just left me feeling let down; especially when the final fight scene is ridiculously lame.

The Warriors is a film, I thoroughly enjoyed. It has a look and style that I know many have attempted to duplicate throughout the years and is great as a form of light entertainment. I just personally expected that a film with such a great reputation would have a bit more depth to it. It just feels like a missed opportunity.

7/10