Never Back Down (Blu Ray) (2008)
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|Summit Never Back Down (Blu-ray) Jake (Sean Faris) isthe new kid in school. When a beautiful girl (Amber Heard) befriends him, Jake thinks he's set. Butinstead, her fight-club boyfriend, Ryan (Cam Gigandet), smacks Jake a bloody, black-eyed welcome. Jake then turns to a mixed martial arts (MMA) master (Djimon Hounsou), who teaches him how to fight... and how to walk away. But it becomes obvious that a brutal re-match is inevitable if Jake wants tostop Ryan and his bullying, once and for all.|
"...sufficiently well made to work as both teen-angst melodrama and bone-rattling brawl picture. Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide
"It's a little "Karate Kid," a smidge of "Fight Club"...a lot of "The O.C."...and presto: probable hit. Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
""The Karate Kid" meets "Fight Club"... Nick De Semlyen, Empire
"...set in the hot new arena of mixed martial arts...energetic and warm-hearted... Stephen Farber, The Hollywood Reporter
Editor's NoteThere's no eye-gouging, no biting, and no crotch shots allowed, but everything else goes in NEVER BACK DOWN, an invigorating high school sports/ultimate backyard fighting hybrid. Sean Faris plays Jake, the new kid (with a troubled past) who butts heads with rich alpha-male bully Ryan (Cam Gigandet, channeling Brad Pitt in FIGHT CLUB) at Miami High. Amber Heard plays Baja, the hot blonde who tricks Jake into attending a combination pool party/fight club held at Ryan's MTV cribs-style mansion. Jake doesn't want to fight at first but gets goaded into a blind rage and then gets his butt kicked. Enter Djimon Hounsou as the local fighting instructor who teaches Jake some self-discipline (and how to throw a cement block at the camera from 30 paces). Director Jeff Wadlow clearly harbors nostalgia for the halcyon days of TOP GUN and FLASHDANCE; the emo-rock-scored training montages flow as free as Baja's blonde hair during her frequent slow-motion walks down the hall. Jake even has a wisecracking slacker cameraman sidekick (Evan Peters) who uploads all the fights to the internet. Concerned parents will be glad to know there's not much drinking or kissing, and no matter how hard the punches and roundhouse kicks may be, everybody gets to keep their teeth. Special acting shout-out to Wyatt Smith as Jake's tennis-prodigy kid brother and Leslie Hope as their stressed-out single mom.
Cast & Crew
|Chris Hauty - Screenwriter|
|Patrick Wachsberger - Producer|
|Lukas Ettlin - Director of Photography|
|Michael Wandmacher - Composer|
|David A. Zelon - Producer|
|Erik Feig - Producer|
|Craig Baumgarten - Producer|
|Jeff Wadlow - Director|
MTV Award (2008)
|Sean Faris, Cam Gigandet, Nominee, Best Fight|