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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Be Everything You Are

    Some films make a difference: viewing them can give us a story that is memorable and leave the viewer with powerful food for thought that continues to influence thinking long after the film is over. Such is the case for PEACEFUL WARRIOR. Based on a book by Inspirational Guru Dan Millman and beautifully adapted for the screen by Kevin Bernhardt, the story combines the best in sport stories with the infusion of spiritual discovery that despite the abundance of 'Hallmark-like' imitations, stands nobly as a tool for introducing young people to a journey toward self discovery well worth taking. Director Victor Salva had the good sense not to push the story over the top, but instead to let his actors and situations grow logically into a practical demonstration of spiritual growth. Dan Millman (Scott Mechlowicz) is a gymnast bent on perfecting his skills to enter the Olympic trials. He is a fine athlete but has an ego that consumes everything around him and prevents his finding a focus to be the perfect athlete he feels he can become. After a chance encounter with a mysterious Service Station attendant whom Dan calls Socrates (Nick Nolte), Dan's inner struggles begin to surface as he sees and experiences troubling 'other-worldly' responses form Socrates. He is ultimately forced to confront that he is living for pride, for accomplishment, for competition, for recognition - yet his quiet moments remain discontent. Socrates works with Dan, helping him to find his inner self and to live in the moment. Dan suffers a life-threatening motorcycle accident that appears to doom his dreams of being the finest gymnast, but Socrates helps him discover that living in the moment, giving in to the power of focus on the present, can result in overcoming the seemingly impossible obstacles. Rather than 'preach' these concepts, the story is illustrated by physical feats of gymnastics and by meaningful encounters between Dan and Socrates, and it is this technique that brings the film above the usual 'inspirational flicks' to become a truly compelling movie. Nick Nolte has never been better as the subdued, understated, but immensely impressive Socrates. Scott Mechlowicz thankfully underplays the character of Dan: the use of a body double to perform the incredible gymnastic turns is seamlessly achieved. The remainder of the cast includes such fine actors as Amy Smart, Agnes Bruckner, and Ashton Holmes. This is a well-made film that deserves our attention, especially now. Grady Harp

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2011

    Wonderful story-fantastic movie -must see!!!

    We just watched this video with a high school girls soccer team as part of a team building retreat. The girls loved the movie and although a few didn't really understand it, I know that with time they will get it and their lives will never be the same. If the individual can release themselves, imagine what the whole group can accomplish together. The possibilities are endless. Every young person should watch this movie.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Peaceful Warrior, You're Never Too Old To Learn

    Peaceful Warrior the movie was the best gift I gave myself this past Christmas. Its message gave me back a gift of self. Living in denial of who we are creates a very painful existence a façade of our egos, consisting of layers of pre-learned conditioning. This is where our fictitious selves take growth. It is only after peeling off layers of pre-set beliefs that we are truly able to examine the real nature of our existence. In order to do this you have to "retrain" your mind and change the way you look at things in life.
    For years I too lived in fear of failure like the main character Danny, always competing in life based upon the expectations of what others thought was best for me. I tried to find happiness in my exterior successes not ever realizing that happiness lies along the way of each of our individual journeys through life. The movie conveys a lesson for all of us that true happiness can only be found NOW by living each and every moment of our lives to the best of our abilities. Inspired to read several of his books, Dan Millman taught me to "Let GO" and release the long lost spirit inside of me thus allowing me to be Free and to just be Me.
    As a school teacher by profession, I have found that Dan Millman's works serve as a wonderful teaching tool in the classroom as well, especially among middle school students. The author teaches essential principles on how one can live one's daily life in balance of mind, body, and soul. I highly recommend all of Dan Millman's works to anyone who has been searching for a higher purpose in life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very moving movie

    We rented this movie a couple times before we just bought it. It is very insprinational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    aN aRtiSt

    This movie...This movie...This movie! It gives you an outside look at an inside struggle that we all have had or will have. It helps you to realize that the seconds in your life are TRULY what builds your lifetime. A MUST WATCH (YOU SHOULD BUY IT TOO) !!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Exceptionally uplifting story which brings spiritual truths to life

    PEACEFUL WARRIOR is one of the most profoundly moving and inspirational movies ever made. Based on Dan Millman's real life story, Nick Nolte is wonderful in the role of Socrates, and Scott Mechlowicz does an absolutely amazing job playing Dan Millman. When Dan is feeling profoundly unhappy and dissatisfied despite being handsome, athletic and an award-winning gymnast, he wanders alone late at night to find spiritual nourishment and mentoring from a wise mechanic at a service station. Socrates provides Dan with the keys to open his doorways to intuitive and spiritual perception in such a way that Dan begins to see the world and himself in a whole new way. This reframing becomes incredibly important when Dan shatters his leg in a motorcycle accident, and finds he will no longer be eligible to pursue his lifelong dream of competing in the Olympics. What happens after the accident is where PEACEFUL WARRIOR really takes off, as it illustrates the power and grace we are all capable of achieving when we learn to live an examined life for in learning to pay attention we can ease much of the suffering we cause ourselves in the way we react to our life experiences. I love the way this film illustrates the power of meditation and reflection, and "taking out the trash," or learning to remove all distractions that take your attention off this present moment, right here, right now. I give this film my very highest recommendation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I just finished watching this movie, and I cannot even put into words how inspiring I found it. "Inspiring" doesn't even cover it. It's amazing.

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