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Never Back Down (2008)


If Ralph Macchio went to Fight Club, and if Pat Morita, was black.

When a quick-tempered teenager (Sean Faris) moves to a new town and faces the challenges of attending a new high school, he seeks solace in an underground fight club, where he’s taken under the wing of a mixed martial arts expert. Djimon Hounsou, Amber Heard, and Cam Gigandet also star.

Right away, you can already tell how this story is going to begin, linger on, and end. Every single thing here is cliched. The script is just how should I say, down right laughable at times, even when it’s not trying to be.

But who cares about that, let’s just see some fighting. And that is what we get, guys beating the shit out of each other. That is probably my only favorite part about this movie, the action is in your face, and fun. I wasn’t bored when watching these guys beat each other, and it’s all filmed with all these camera angles, but I still didn’t mind. Also, the soundtrack is bangin’, which is why most of the fight sequences are great, they add a lot more spunk to the actual fighting itself.

The acting here is pretty hammy about I guess it doesn’t really matter, since it’s really the action that is the star here. I believe the only reason they casted Sean Faris, and Amber Heard because they both look like Tom Cruise and Scarlett Johansson. I mean just look at them, and don’t tell me that they don’t look like those two. Djimon Hounsou brings some life to this film, and he is alright here, although at times, we can’t understand what he says, but who cares he can kick my ass just by raising his eyebrow.

This film really is just hilarious to watch mainly because its so dumb. There are times between the fighting where they’ll say fighting is not the answer, and then they’ll be kicking the crap out of some random dude the next minute. But all these movies have me asking one question: Where in the hell are the parents?? I mean these kids are getting their asses kicked on a regular basis somebody’s mommy has had to call an end to it sooner or later. And when these kids aren’t training, do they actually go to school?? I guess I’m thinking too much for a movie that’s about fighting.

Consensus: It’s hammy, cliched beyond belief, and dumb, but it’s fun. It provides plenty of good action, with an awesome soundtrack, and plenty of unintentional laughs that will keep you entertained.

5.5/10=Rental!!

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8 responses to “Never Back Down (2008)

  1. CMrok93 August 31, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    It’s terribly predictable, and laughable, but at the same time, its entertaining, and keeps you watching with excitement. Check out my review when you can!

  2. Fitz September 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Fight Club meets Karate Kid must have had producers pissing themselves in excitement. Too bad it ended up as this.

  3. Kevin Blumeyer September 10, 2010 at 1:14 am

    Funny you mention the Tom Cruise comparison. I always thought Faris was Cruise and Cam Gigawhatever was like a young Brad Pitt. Still Haven’t seen the movie though.

    Maybe I’ll check it out next time I’m in the mood to watch a bad movie.

  4. Ty January 31, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Ridiculous film, but the fight scenes weren’t that bad. I call this type of movie a “Punchfighter”. which means a bunch of guys fight bare knuckled in a cage or backyard while a group of people yell and hold money.

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