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Duncan Bowles Published Date Tuesday, October 4, 2016 - 05:17
How much you’re likely to enjoy Kickboxer: Vengeance will be dependent on two main factors - how heavily you were invested in, or even loved, the glorious heyday of westernised martial arts action movies released in the 80s and how much you still love them. Since the new Kickboxer has already seen its release Stateside there’s a swarm of reviews that seem content to rubbish it, as is often the trend with action cinema, based on the notion that the original Kickboxer, and all movies of its kind, are disposable and worthless.
If, however, you happened to be a teenager when Jean Claude Van Damme’s star was on the rise, maybe taking up a martial art to emulate your hero, perhaps even drawing pictures of him on your text books at school, then his films were anything but throwaway. »
If you’re looking for big shirtless men beating seven bells out of each other, then step right up. Jean-Claude Van Damme is back on the silver screen and returning to his roots, taking on the Yoda/Mr Miyagi role in a reboot of one of his earliest hits – 1989’s Kickboxer. The original combined bruising martial-arts […]
The post Kickboxer: Vengeance Review appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Andy Psyllides
Jean-Claude van Damme returns in a smarter than necessary reboot that’s full of plenty of physical heft, if not thespian clout
In 1989, the oft-rented, rarely rewound Kickboxer introduced many to Jean-Claude van Damme and Muay Thai martial arts. This remake proves smarter than was strictly necessary: capable journeyman John Stockwell (Blue Crush) busts out the helicopter shots to oversee boyish Alain Moussi’s progress through Thailand to avenge his brother’s death at the extensively tatted hands of former WWE heel Dave Bautista. The performers bring more physical heft than thespian clout, but genre nostalgists should appreciate the refreshingly uncomplicated manner in which Stockwell frames their dust-ups, displaying a sure editorial feel for the landing of foot or fist on face or torso. (They’ll be doubly delighted when a fugitive Moussi and pupil-turned-master Van Damme encounter workmen carrying glass panes across a busy street.) Semi-disposable VOD fodder, then, »
- Mike McCahill
Kickboxer: Vengeance, 2016.
Directed by John Stockwell.
A martial arts fighter seeks revenge after his brother is killed in the ring.
It’s been a long time coming and now it is finally here, as Jean-Claude Van Damme (Kickboxer/Bloodsport) returns to the franchise that initially made him a star back in the late 1980s. However, this time Jcvd is playing the master instead of the pupil as Kickboxer: Vengeance is a straight-up remake of the 1989 VHS hit, with newcomer Alain Moussi in Van Damme’s original role of Kurt Sloane, a man who witnesses his kickboxing brother Eric (the late Darren Shehlavi) getting killed in the ring by the fearsome underground fighting champion Tong Po (Spectre’s Dave Bautista). Fuelled by revenge, Kurt is forced into hiding »
- Amie Cranswick
1989’s Kickboxer was the film that helped establish Jean-Claude Van Damme’s star persona. That and Bloodsport demonstrated Van Damme’s athletic charisma if not much else. Built very much like an ultra-violent Rocky set in Thailand, Kickboxer has enjoyed something of a cult following in the 27 years since its release. It is easy to see why, it has that wonderfully tone-deaf balance between violent action and ridiculous cheese that only the 80’s could muster (I am sure we all fondly remember a certain dance number). As has been the case with many 80’s sport action movies, a franchise was quickly formed around it, but without Van Damme.
Now, in 2016, Van Damme has been lured back to the franchise he helped create (probably fancied another holiday in Thailand, »
- Andrew Gaudion
In cinemas and on demand from this Friday is the long-awaited remake of Kickboxer, Kickboxer: Vengeance. Jean Claude Van Damme stars in the film alongside an all-star cast that also includes Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy, Spectre), Gina Carano (Deadpool, Heist, Fast & Furious 6), Georges St-Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) and Alain Moussi (Warcraft, X-Men: Apocalypse). We have an exclusive clip from the film to share with you, which you can check out in our player below.
After witnessing his brother being killed in the ring in a brutal bout in Thailand, young kickboxer Kurt decides to train under the tutelage of his brother’s legendary, no-nonsense coach Durand, in order to take-on Tong Po, the man responsible for his brother’s death.
Durand doesn’t feel Kurt has what it takes to defeat the awesome strength of Tong Po. But Durand doesn’t reckon on Kurt’s »
- Paul Heath
“We decided to crowdfund this project because it gives Nick’s fans an opportunity to show their support for the project from the beginning and stay engaged throughout the filmmaking process,” said producer Howard Burd. “I love to bring inspirational stories to the big screen; it’s why I got into this business. Nick’s story struck a chord with me from the beginning. His tenacity and determination were unbelievable for such a brutal sport.”
The campaign, which launched Tuesday, has a $100,000 goal. Burd is teamed with veteran martial arts movie producer Mark Disalle (“Bloodsport,” “Kickboxer,” “The Perfect Weapon”). The duo recently produced “4 Minute Mile” and the romantic comedy “Mothers Day,” Garry Marshall’s final film.
“Notorious Nick” will tell the underdog story of Newell, Mma’s Xfc Champion fighter »
- Dave McNary
Kickboxer: Vengeance, 2016.
Directed by John Stockwell.
When his brother is killed during a Muay Thai tournament, a martial artist heads to Thailand to seek revenge.
Jean-Claude Van Damme made a name for himself in the late 80’s with his star-making role in Bloodsport. The cult classic fight fest launched The Muscles from Brussels as one of the most popular action stars, particularly during his peak in the late 80’s and 90’s where he followed on the coat tails of Sly Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger. What followed Bloodsport was a slew of films following a similar path. Van Damme himself did Kickboxer, and then Lionheart (also known as Awol). Essentially the same film again. Likewise Bloodsport and Kickboxer both spawned numerous sequels and innumerable cheap knock-offs, perhaps most notably Roger Corman’s Bloodfist series. »
- Amie Cranswick
Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes, and clips and puts it all in perspective. Prior to Kickboxer: Vengeance, there have been five Kickboxer movies. After Jean Claude Van Damme relinquished the titular role in the first Kickboxer, Sasha Mitchell took over the lead role for three movies. Mark Dascasos starred in Kickboxer 5: The Redemption in 1995. And that is the last movie in this Kickboxer universe. In 1989, the year the first Kickboxer came out, Lloyd Dobbler (Say Anything...) told Diane's dad that kickboxing was "the sport of the future." He was right. It's 2016, and mixed martial arts are more popular than they've ever been. And now we have a full-on Kickboxer reboot in Kickboxer: Vengeance. The movie looks fun. I expect to hear inspirational music and see lots of kicking. That's all I want out of a movie about kickboxing. If there's more than that, »
- Jon Davis
Back in the '80s, I use to love those action-packed martial arts films that created icons out of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Sho Kosugi, and Jean-Claude Van Damme. One of the films that I remembered back in the days was Kickboxer, which starred a young Jean-Claude Van Damme, and was surprised that they would be making a remake of the film tilted Kickboxer: Vengeance, which would feature the return of Jcvd to the franchise.
Kickboxer: Vengeance stars martial artist and stuntman Alain Moussi, and he has some big shoes to fill as he is playing the role that once belonged to Jcvd. An update to the 1989 classic film Kickboxer, Kickboxer: Vengeance follows the story of Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi), who travels to Thailand to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of Tong Po (Dave Bautista). Kurt trains with the legendary Master Durand (Jean-Claude Van Damme) until »
- Kellvin Chavez
This weekend’s Kickboxer: Vengeance reboots the martial arts franchise that began in 1989, with Alain Moussi replacing Jean-Claude Van Damme as the new Kurt Sloane and Van Damme himself stepping into the role of Kurt’s mentor Durand. The film is meant to kickstart a new trilogy, and the producers are wasting no time. A sequel, Kickboxer: Retaliation, has already wrapped […]
The post The Third Installment of the ‘Kickboxer’ Reboot Trilogy Has a Title and Start Date appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
Jean-Claude Van Damme’s franchises had a rough go back in the day. Both Bloodsport and Kickboxer continued with straight-to-video sequels that not only did not star Van Damme, but featured completely new characters. Yet reigniting Universal Soldier decades later on video signaled a return to form for Van Damme and delivered that franchise’s two best […]
The post Review: ‘Kickboxer: Vengeance’ Doubles Down on Splits, Kicks, and Dancing appeared first on /Film. »
- Fred Topel
Attendees spoke admiringly not only of the 1989 original “Kickboxer,” which helped launch the career of Jean-Claude Van Damme, but also of Ang Lee’s 2000 “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” — which was nominated for 10 Oscars.
“Martial arts movies don’t get taken seriously except for ‘Crouching Tiger’ but we’ve gotten some very nice reviews,” said producer-writer Dimitri Logothetis, who began working on the reboot four years ago.
“Martial arts are a passion of mine,” he mused. “Adults enjoy these films if they’ve got a little kid left in you. This one is authentic, partly because the stunts aren’t doubled and there’s a wonderful athleticism to it.”
Alain Moussi, who has racked up a dozen credits in martial-arts roles (such »
- Dave McNary
Almost as schlocky as the original, but not nearly as fun, the remake of Kickboxer reimagines the low-budget martial arts cheesefest that cemented Jean-Claude Van Damme as a sort-of-star as a vehicle for Alain Moussi, a high-kicking loaf of white bread with the screen presence one would expect from Jai Courtney’s stunt double. As before, an American kickboxer named Kurt Sloane (Moussi) travels to Thailand to watch his brother fight muay thai champion Tong Po (Dave Bautista, wearing a hairpiece best described as “mop plugs”). In an attempt to simplify the plot of the original, which was already dumber than a bag of rocks, said brother is killed in the ring instead of being paralyzed, leading this police sketch of a hero to seek out Durand (Van Damme, at this point too good of an actor for this material), a fedora-wearing martial arts master who prepares him for the »
- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Earlier this year Moussi starred as Charlie Nash in the four part "Street Fighter: Resurrection" (a second season is in the works) mini series but his biggest role yet is still to come: Kurt Sloane.
A remake of the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle Kickboxer, Kickboxer: Vengeance stars Moussi in the lead role of a kick boxer who travels to Thailand to avenge the death of his brother at the hands of Tong Po (Dave Bautista). Before facing off against Tong, Kurt trains with his brother's former trainer Master Durand, played with gusto by Van Damme.
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Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
As expected, Fede Alvarez’s thriller Don’t Breathe (Screen Gems), starring Jane Levy and Stephen Lang, won the weekend, but it did way more than we predicted, doing better than most movies released in the last weekend of August, winning the weekend with $26.4 million, pretty much double what I predicted. That’s a pretty great testament to the power of Screen Gems’ marketing campaign and that’s more than double what the movie cost to make. Jason Statham’s Mechanic: Resurrection (Summit/Lionsgate) didn’t fare as well as it opened in fifth place with $7.5 million in 2,258 theaters, about where I predicted. Of the more moderate releases, the Obama date movie Southside with You (Roadside Attractions) took in $3 million in around 800 theaters, »
- Edward Douglas
If the superheroes can have remakes and reboots, why can’t the martial artists? Jean-Claude Van Damme, starring in the reinvention of one of the franchises that put him on the map in the 1980s, is here to tell you that they can.
In Kickboxer: Vengeance, he’s now aged into the role of the sage mentor who helps the hero, Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi), in his quest for revenge against cruel martial arts champion Tong Po. The villain is played with demonic gusto by real life wrestler, as well as actor, Dave Bautista. If the movie’s battle scenes are infused with a scene of realism to go along the mostly uneven narrative it’s because they are—Bautista is a wrestling and fighting expert, and he’s opposed by professional stuntman Moussi. Their action sequences are to martial arts what Pixar is to animation—the closest to the »
- J Don Birnam
Even before Kickboxer: Vengeance hits screens this week, the film’s star, stunt performer turned leading man Alain Moussi is already hard at work filming the third entry in the series, Kickboxer: Retaliation. Vengeance, retaliation… do I see a pattern developing? You might be thinking, isn’t revenge merely a synonym for retaliation? Perhaps we can also look forward to Kickboxer: Reprisal and Kickboxer: Retribution. A sequel of sorts to Kickboxer (1989), the lazily titled new film follows Kurt (the aforementioned Moussi, last seen as Jai Courtney’s stunt double in Suicide Squad) who travels to Thailand to study Muay Thai kickboxing under the cruel tutelage of Tong Po (Dave Bautista). After an initial sparring match, we learn that Kurt’s brother Eric was killed in the ring by Tong Po, leaving our hero hellbent on revenge. Unable to defeat his brother’s killer, Kurt finds a new »
- Tony Hinds
After a summer notable for many expensive action-movie disappointments in which even concepts traditionally associated with hands-on stuntwork (i.e. “The Legend of Tarzan”) were overwhelmed by CGI, there’s something refreshing about the admittedly dopey but good-natured, straightforward mano a mano of “Kickboxer: Vengeance.” This de facto remake of the 1989 martial arts favorite, with Jean-Claude Van Damme returning a quarter century later (albeit this time as the hero’s wise elder trainer), improves on the boilerplate original without really changing its essentials.
This revamp (which ignores several interim direct-to-video sequels Van Damme did not participate in) is a bit shorter, a tad more stylish, and utilizes the same clichés a little less ponderously. Brainiacs need not apply to this otherwise unreconstructed testosterone-a-thon, but of its type, “Vengeance” is well-crafted good fun — and good proof that you don’t need more than two hours or $100 million to give ticket buyers »
- Dennis Harvey
Jean-Claude Van Damme, world-renowned action hero of countless eighties and nineties B-movie flicks, is back in older yet no less muscular fashion. Just one month after Van Damme helped kick off Fantasia 2016 as Master Durand in opening night film Kickboxer Vengeance we see the Belgian actor assume the role of Jean-Claude Van Johnson in Amazon’s upcoming series of the same name. Promising to be equal parts Hollywood satire and send-up of Jcvd’s martial artist status, the first trailer follows the ennui-filled morning routine of an aged and lonesome movie star who looks back on former glory as he Segways himself onto the sidewalk to pick up a new issue of Variety. Slight, yet punctuated by nostalgia-inducing French music, the trailer already leaves you wanting...
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