down to you, it always has been"
the death of his father, Jake Tyler (Faris) has gone of the rails, getting
into fights and pushing his mother as far as she could go. With his younger
brother getting a tennis scholarship, the family move for a new start in
Orlando, Florida but Jake can't leave his reputation behind. This brings
him to the attention of local underground fight champion Ryan McCarthy (Gigandet)
who needs to take the new guy down a peg or two before he can any kind of
respect and he does just that. Badly beaten and filled with anger, his new
found friend Max Cooperman (Peters) takes him to Jean Roqua's (Hounsou)
combat gym, were he will learn the techniques and skills he needs to win
his own, personal fight.
is never one to miss out on cashing in on current trends but can they do
something original with mixed martial arts fighting?
popularity of the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) around the world
couldn't go unnoticed by the Hollywood bigwigs for long but instead of introducing
the sport as something legitimate they thought they could recreate 'Fight
Club' for teenagers. The bad boy protagonist, moves to Florida to discover
that the rich kids of his new Orlando school love nothing better than watching
guys and girls beat each other up using mixed martial arts techniques. Throw
in a Yoda/Mr Miyagi character in the shape of Brazilian trainer Jean Roqua
to put our anger driven teen on the right track and you have a new millennium
take on a very old theme.
are the types of movies that can push the young stars into the big time
or finish their career forever and 'Never Back Down' could be the start
of something for stars Sean Faris and Amber Heard. As Jake Tyler, Sean Faris
makes a big impression by looking uncannily like a younger, taller Tom Cruise.
While the judgement will still be out as to whether he can really can, as
he is just called upon to fight and look good in this movie, Sean Faris
could have a promising career ahead of him. The same can't be said for Amber
Heard. As Baja Miller, she is the typical Hollywood blonde bimbo that are
ten-a-penny in the movie world at the moment. Yes she is beautiful but she
looks like every other actress in these types of movies and looks like she
doesn't have the talent to escape being pigeon holed.
the Yoda/Mr Miyagi character Jean Roqua, Djimon Hounsou brings a little
bit of class to the film but you have to wonder what the superb and powerful
actor is doing in a movie like this. Leslie Hope tries to carve out a movie
career for herself after making her name on the small screen. Evan Peters
provides the comedy as Max Cooperman but he does become a little annoying
as the film progresses. Cam Gigandet makes an impact as the villain of the
piece Ryan McCarthy, but it is just a refresh of the character he played
in 'The OC'.
some decent fight and training sequences can't make 'Never Back Down' any
different from any other teen fight movie that has gone before. While Sean
Faris could be a star in the making, fans will not be looking back on this
film as one of his highlights as this leaves you on the canvas from the
off, making you not want to get up and fight on with this story.
Presented in Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic with a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack,
the transfer is good.
Commentary by director Jeff Wadlow, actor Sean Harris and writer Chris Hauty
The director, actor and writer come together to provide a chatty, informative
and fun commentary for 'Never Back Down'. The trio talk about the plot of
the film, the fighting choreography and how the stars got into shape to
play their roles. This is a decent track that fans should enjoy.
Scenes (13.38 mins)
Entitled 'That's alright Mini-Jake', 'Salt in the wound', 'Just wanted to
talk to you', 'One of those awful days', 'A little stalker-ish', 'Just us
Van Liebig', 'Ask him again', 'Your semi-finalists', 'Extended McCarthy/Villa
fight' and 'They don't care who wins', these deleted scenes have introductions
by director Jeff Wadlow.
by Blow: Breaking down the fights (1hr 4.49 mins)
Watch the fights entitled 'Gridiron Tyler', 'Backyard Brawl', 'The Main
Event', 'Roqua's: Day One', 'Half Speed', 'Road Rage', 'Mega training montage',
'The Beat Down' and 'Battle on the blacktop', director Jeff Wadlow and his
fight team talk you through how the fights where constructed, even pausing
and rewinding the footage to explain how they were created.
Mode (15.43 mins)
Watch the fight scenes 'The Main Event', 'Road Rage', 'Checking', 'The Slam,
Kick to the Ribs', 'Ryan fouls out' and 'Battle on the blacktop', with all
the angles recorded during the shoot.
Trailer (1.44 mins)
Watch the trailer that previewed the movie online and at the cinema.
Previews of 'Monster Slayer', 'Superhero Movie' and 'Skinwalkers'
DVD treatment for 'Never Back Down' is one that fans should enjoy. The 'Blow
by Blow' breakdown is very good, as is the commentary. This is a decent
set of DVD bonus features.
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