Updated on June 1, 2010
Peaceful Warrior is a film based on the novel Way of the Peaceful Warrior by Dan Millman. Peaceful Warrior is a potentially life changing story. In fact the director Victor Salva claims that it was this story that changed his life while he was in prison serving a sentence for child molestation.
The film received poor reviews at RottenTomatoes.com (26%), a better reviews on IMDB.com (6.9/10), and 4.5/5 stars on Amazon. So many of the films that I enjoy have received terrible reviews. I often wonder what films these critics have enjoyed.
Starting with the title and extending everywhere else, Peaceful Warrior is blatantly ludicrous ~Nathan Lee, New York Times
You’re in the moment all right, experiencing every passing minute ticking off in slow motion until the blasted thing comes to a merciful end. ~Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
Dim witted reviews like these leave little room to wonder why Hollywood generally delivers intellectual starved features with 2 or 6 sequels. Watch the movie for yourself and I think you will see the magic that these critics missed.
1. “Life has three aspects: Paradox, Humor, and Change.
– Paradox: Life is a mystery; don’t waste time figuring it out.
– Humor: Keep a sense of humor, especially about yourself. It is a strength beyond all measure
– Change: Know that nothing stays the same.”
2. “There is never nothing going on. There are no ordinary moments.”
3. “When you feel fear. Use the sword, take it up here and cut the mind to ribbons, slash through all those regrets and fears, anything else that lives in past or the future”
4. “A warrior is not about perfection or victory or invulnerability. He’s about absolute vulnerability.”
5. “Everyone wants to tell you what to do and what’s good for you. They don’t want you to find your own answers, they want you to believe theirs.”
6. “I want you to stop gathering information from the outside and start gathering it from the inside.”
7. “People are not their thoughts, they think they are, and it brings them all kinds of sadness.”
8. “Death isn’t sad. The sad thing is: most people don’t live at all.”
9. “Knowledge is knowing, Wisdom is doing.”
10. “Where are you? Here. What time is it? Now. Who are you? This moment!”