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Movie Review: Peaceful Warrior

Alternate Title: There are No Ordinary Moments

Story: The Way of the Peaceful Warrior - A Book That Changes Lives by ex-gymnast Dan Millman was a HUGE inspirational best seller back in the 1980's and 90's. I happened upon a copy in 1988 and it did, in fact, change my life.

With that said, the movie is NOT the book. It morphed into one of those run of the mill, victim overcomes adversity challenges, yet triumphantly goes on to find himself a better person in the end genres. It is crafted well by controversial director Victor Salva (Powder). The editing is super, the styling visually exciting and the philosophy of the book is maintained - but simply watered down for the masses.

If you are a fan of the book it is absolutely worth your time. Your will enjoy recalling your favorite insights come to life on the big screen. If you have never heard of the book, why not get a copy, read it and then see the film.

Acting: I would jump through hoops for Nick Nolte as my guru anytime. He is perfectly cast as Socrates, the garage mechanic wise man. Scott Mechlowicz as Dan hits the money with his portrayal of young Dan Millman. If fans of the book look closely you will see the real Dan Millman (now about 60 years old) as the fellow in the car in the gas station.

Predilection: I loved the book and am going to see how different I am today when I reread it today.

Food: Fast food and healthy food.

Soundtrack: A bit operatic for my taste.

Theater Audience: A small band of hard core Millman fans.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: It depends on your point of view about quirky.

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I was 'in the moment' and did not drift at all.

Oscar Worthy: No

Soap Box: I do wish people today would take out those I-pods and get off their cell phones and be in the now and enjoy the world as they pass through. They are missing a whole heck of a lot.

Big Screen or Rental: If a fan of the book you must check it out on the big screen

Length: Under two hours.

LOBO HOWLS: 7 for the film and a 10 for the book.