Never Back Down (2008)
Runtime : 110 min
Genre : Action, Drama, Sport
Movie Release : 14 March 2008 (USA)
Director: Jeff Wadlow
Writer: Chris Hauty
Stars: Sean Faris, Djimon Hounsou, Amber Heard
At his new high school, a rebellious teen Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fighting club in a Backyard Fight, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran. After receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family, Jake seeks the mentoring of a veteran fighter, to train his mind and body for one final no-holds-barred elimination fight with his unrelenting personal nemesis and local martial arts champion Ryan McCarthy.
Yes, it’s just a revamped Karate Kid.
But with MMA, not just Karate, although I did have the occasional urge to shout “Cobra Kai!” when the bad guy came on screen.
Some cool action, basically just MMA (like in the UFC) that’s been “hollywoodized” to be showy, “underground”, and performed by supposed teenagers.
Djimon Hounsou is wasted on this film, but does fairly well at being the token real actor, giving it some tenuous legitimacy. On the upside, probably a more believable martial arts instructor than Pat Morita… physically, at least.
It’s a great movie to just turn off your brain to, and watch lots of girls in bikinis and guys beating each other up. Pleasant, mindless T&A/Action.
Never Back Down Trailer