Never Back Down

6.51 h 53 min2008X-RayPG-13
Bullied as he enters a new high school, a rebellious teen is lured into an underground, no-holds-barred fight club - where he finds a mentor in a mysterious martial arts veteran in this action-packed drama.
Jeff Wadlow
Djimon HounsouSean FarisAmber Heard
English [CC]
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Cam GigandetLeslie HopeEvan PetersWyatt SmithAffion CrockettNeil Brown Jr.Lauren LeechTilky Jones
Craig BaumgartenDavid Zelon
PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

3435 global ratings

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nordicjackReviewed in the United States on August 15, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fight for the Right Reasons
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Well conceived movie about a family going through guilt, blame, and anger when the father drives drunk and dies in an accident with his son sitting in the passenger seat. The son blames himself, the mother secretly blames the son, as well, and the younger son/brother watches the pain and sadness eating away at the family. This sets the stage for an avenue to vent all that anger through the rest of the plot. I like the attractive cast who play their roles convincingly. There are funny moments that uplift the tone of the film with a good pace. I am pleasantly surprised.
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Paris Tx GuyReviewed in the United States on April 11, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun movie that can get you motivated
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Fun movie when not taken so dramatically like some reviewers. I have watched it a few times and you get inspiration from it. The idiots that slam at say not realistic, predictable. Etc. Like most movies aren’t...It is a movie you idiot. So ET....real to life? Idiots around here amaze me. This movie is not for everyone, but be sensible. It is enjoyable fun. So someone mentioned the Karate Kid as a comparison knocking this over it. I loved the Karate Kid, but my man...waxing a car and painting a fence does not win you a Karate championship lmao...ignorance...
6 people found this helpful
RogerQReviewed in the United States on November 13, 2018
1.0 out of 5 stars
Every story line was totally unbelievable
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No a movie doesn't have to be believable to be enjoyed but there was absolutely nothing to enjoy about this move whatsoever. It's the worst movie I've seen in a long time.
Poor script, poor directing and poor acting. Story is like a dumb script writer's redo of the Karate Kid.
OK so you get by the opening scene where in real life the guy is kicked out of the game for throwing a punch. But then you go to Florida where a high school kid holds a party at his father's mansion that would put a party at the Playboy mansion to shame. High school kids, yeah right! Stupid. Just stupid and it doesn't get any better from there.
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joshua brooksReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
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Its not an oscar worthy movie. Its one of those amusing teen flick movies that are action packed enough to make you watch it and it has likeable characters but noones watching because the plot is fantastic. Its about as corny as you can possibly make it.
Heb R. IdesReviewed in the United States on June 12, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Cam Gigandet
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Sure, I get the Karate Kid ripoff references. Training for six weeks then going to the big fight? Come on! But this colorful movie, bathed in Orlando light, hits the notes it should for it's intended audience - teen boys. It's no "Warrior" but it's pretty darn entertaining. And Cam Gigandet? This project should have opened lots of doors for him. He is note perfect as the villain. Worth the time for his performance alone although Evan Peters and a young Wyatt Smith play their supporting roles well.
Bunny with RabiesReviewed in the United States on November 16, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
A movie of its time
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A cool movie that came it during the rising popularity of mma but now looked upon as a cheesy action movie even though it helped revitalize the underground fighting genre.
VelociryxReviewed in the United States on November 14, 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Fun Movie That Hits All The Right Notes
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This isn't a complicated movie, and there's definitely nothing new or groundbreaking here, but it IS an enjoyable watch, and even manages to surprise in a couple of places (nice fake out toward the end where you think they're cutting the action short).

it's not one that you'll have obsessive water cooler conversations about, but it's well worth a watch.
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Douglas SherwoodReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very awesome movie
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This is and has for a very long time been one of my favorite movies. I could watch this over and over. Would definitely recommend to any Action/Martial Arts fans out there!
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