“Peaceful Warrior”

peacefulwarrior.jpgNick Nolte
Scott Mechlowicz
Amy Smart
Tim Dekay
Paul Wesley
Ashton Holmes
Agnes Bruckner
B.J. Britt
Ray Wise
Bart Conner

PG13           121min           2007

“Peaceful Warrior” is the incredible true story based on Dan Millman’s best-selling novel. A gifted young athlete, bound for Olympic gold, Dan has it all: trophies, talent, and all the women he wants. But after a life-changing event, Dan comes to rely on Socrates (Nolte), a mysterious stranger, and Joy (Smart), an elusive young woman, to teach him the secret to overcome incredible odds and tap into new worlds of strength and understanding. – from the backcover

This film is based on “Way of the Peaceful Warrior: A Book That Changes Lives” an autobiographical fiction by Dan Millman. This is a powerful, moving and inspirational film. After watching I decided that I would read the book because the messages in the film will touch anyone who watches it. As with most movies based on books the books are for the most part better.

“Peaceful Warrior” is a entertaining film about the power of the human spirit. It’s a film that has inspired me to want to apply the principles in this film. I want to not only read this book but all the books that Dan Millman has written.

Peaceful Warrior has solid bonus features that enhance this film. It has deleted and extended scenes. Two featurettes one describing the journey the filmmakers took to get this on the screen and one about the cultural impact that the book has had. It also has a featurette that lets you select a passage from the book and see it come to life on the screen. The final bonus feature is a music video by Michael Featherstone “I’m There Too.”

Overall “Peaceful Warrior” is a great film that may inspire you to change aspects of your life. It has a powerful message that everyone should have a chance to see. The DVD features give you a better understanding of the film. I suggest that the books should also be read to truly get the principles that the film and Dan Millman are trying to portray.

I give it 5/5 Gs.

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