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Jake Tyler has recently moved to Orlando, Florida with his family to support his younger brother's shot at a professional tennis career. Jake was a star athlete on the football team at home, but in this new city he is an outsider with a reputation for being a quick tempered brawler. Making an attempt to fit in, at the invitation of a flirtatious classmate, Baja, Jake goes to a party where he is unwittingly pulled into a fight with a bully named Ryan McDonald. While he is defeated and humiliated in the fight, a classmate introduces himself to Jake and tells him about the sport known as Mixed Marshall Arts (MMA). He sees a star in Jake and asks that he meet with his mentor, Jean Roqua. It is immediately apparent to Jake that MMA is not street fighting, but rather an art form he wants to master. Roqua will take Jake under his wing, but it is up to Jake to find the patience, discipline, willingness and reason within him to succeed. For Jake, there is much more at stake than mere victory.
If you get caught up in the sweaty fight scenes in Never Back Down--and, despite the formulaic plot, you very likely will--it will be due to the sheer kinetic pleasure of muscular bodies in motion. Jake (Tom Cruise look-alike Sean Faris, Yours, Mine, and Ours), full of anger after his father's death, starts to find a place for himself at his new Florida high school--until Ryan, the head of an underground mixed-martial arts (Cam Gigandet, The O.C.), picks Jake out as a prime opponent. After being trounced by Ryan in front of everyone in school, Jake begins training under the firm, moral guidance of a martial arts master with a hidden past (Djimon Hounsou, a long way from Blood Diamond, but still bringing his essential gravitas to the screen). Basically, Never Back Down boils down to a cross between The Karate Kid and Fight Club, minus the sociopolitical commentary. The story and characters are a bundle of featherweight cliches, but that won't stop the aggressively edited fight sequences from stoking a viewer's adrenaline. Also starring Amber Heard (All the Boys Love Mandy Lane) as the very blonde love interest, who (along with an abundance of girls in bikinis--'cause, y'know, it's Florida) is there to assure everyone that these handsome, chiseled boys are strictly heterosexual. --Bret Fetzer
- Aspect Ratio : 2.40:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 0.57 x 5.43 x 7.49 inches; 2.92 Ounces
- Item model number : 6105147
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 53 minutes
- Release date : July 29, 2008
- Actors : Sean Faris
- Subtitles: : Spanish, English
- Language : Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
- Studio : Summit Entertainment
- ASIN : B0014DZ2WS
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By nordicjack on August 15, 2018
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.
it's not one that you'll have obsessive water cooler conversations about, but it's well worth a watch.