Set in the future, the city of New York is full of street gangs. One night, the leader of all the gangs, “Cyrus”, calls a gathering of every known gang to one meeting place. As Cyrus speaks to all the gangs present, he is shot and brutally murdered. One of the street gangs known as “The Warriors” is wrongly framed for the murder of Cyrus, and now, The Warriors go on the run from all the other gangs and the police of New York City who are hunting them done. The Warriors will now do whatever it takes to survive the night, running, fighting, and hiding while trying to get back home. Can The Warriors survive the long night and prove their innocence?
The film gives its audience a great introduction to each member of The Warriors with short and quick moments of dialogue as the credits roll with a funky, futuristic soundtrack. Within the film’s opening sequence, I was extremely invested. With minimal effort from the viewer, I was surprised at how much information we gained, such as where The Warriors are heading, why, and what type of characters they all are within the group. The film doesn’t go back to tell the backstories of each member or explain details about the world they currently live in. Instead, as the audience, we are thrown straight into all of it at a fun and snappy pace.
The Warriors’ duration feels like a quick flick. The reason for this is the film’s snappy pace and the fun comic book style transitions. Considering this film was done in 1979, it still feels modern and provides many fun elements which many movie buffs will even still enjoy in the present day.
The film’s costume designs are also fresh and creative. Sure, some viewers may disagree, as some outfits are a little out there but as The Warriors encounter other gangs who wish to fight, each gang has a catchy name with matching outfits and a reason for their group’s name. Some gangs are just thugs, criminals, or, worse, insane, violent murders. The mixed characters presented in this film keep it all fun and exciting.
As The Warriors try to travel and survive, I found myself supporting our leading characters, and I wanted to see them deliver sweet revenge on those who wronged them, and I hope for a final showdown. The results are gratifying and yet unpredictable. As stated above, I felt the film’s soundtrack also deserves high praise. The film’s funky techno track sets the film’s pace and tone.
Overall, The Warriors is, without a doubt, a great classic film. The film is loaded with brainless fun, entertainment, and violence with a basic concept and snappy plot. The film also packs an excellent soundtrack which is memorable and exciting. The entire film is unpredictable and gratifying, leaving viewers on an exciting level of entertainment. My only real regret is I didn’t watch this film sooner but thanks to the Australian label known as Imprint Films, movie lovers can experience both a Director’s Cut and the Orignal Theatrical Cut on Blu-ray which is packed with many outstanding bonus features including an impressive DTS HD audio track.