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Never Back Down (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Drama, Sport | 14 March 2008 (USA)
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A frustrated and conflicted teenager arrives at a new highschool to discover an underground fightclub and meet a classmate who begins to coerce him into fighting.

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At his new high school, a rebellious teen Jake Tyler is lured into an ultimate underground fighting club in a Backyard Fight, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran. After receiving threats to the safety of his friends and family, Jake seeks the mentoring of a veteran fighter, to train his mind and body for one final no-holds-barred elimination fight with his unrelenting personal nemesis and local martial arts champion Ryan McCarthy. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Win or Lose... Everyone Has Their Fight

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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving intense sequences of fighting/violence, some sexuality, partying and language - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$8,603,195 (USA) (14 March 2008)

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$24,848,292 (USA) (30 May 2008)
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Was filmed at Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, FL See more »

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After Jake does the final kick to Ryan, when he turns to see Baja (camera on Baja), his face appears flawless (no cuts, no scratches). Then when the camera turns back to Jake, his face has cuts, scratches. See more »

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Ryan McCarthy: [after taking a cheap shot from Jake] Ah, Iowa. That was a cheap one. But you are good. You have a good center of gravity. But that old school boxing shit is just... I don't know. It doesn't fly around here. You gotta mix it up.
[delivers a sharp kick to Jake's leg]
Ryan McCarthy: Stings, right? I bet it does.
[delivers another kick to Jake's leg]
Ryan McCarthy: Your leg's all jacked up... Can't put any weight on it maybe...
[delivers a third kick to Jake's leg]
Ryan McCarthy: And now for the bad news. It's gotta end with you looking like a ...
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References Kung Fu (1972) See more »

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False Pretense
Written by Ronnie Winter
Performed by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (as The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus)
Courtesy of Virgin Records America
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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Although this has been done 1,000 times
5 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

. . . Never Back Down was still a really great movie that I had a lot of fun watching, and I was surprised with how much I actually ended up liking it. Of course this film is really very predictable and was basically just a rip-off version of Fight Club, The Karate Kid, and movies like that in general that was basically aimed at 16, 17, and 18 year old boys, but it was really enjoyable if you just judge it based on an actual movie and not what audience it's trying to pull in.

It did get pretty annoying and downright unbelievable at times, but I have to give this movie it's props, because the acting was done very professionally for a bunch of model-body teenage actors, and it also managed to keep me so interested and entertained through the entire film with semi adroit and crafty, motivating scenes and material matter. It gets a bit mediocre, as I have said, and some stuff just falls flat, but they handle everything they lack so well with other interesting and appealing scenes and substance, excluding the featherweight dialogue, haha.

Overall, I was so happy with the outcome of this movie, because while being cliché, and certainly not worthy of winning an Oscar or anything like that, it was really enjoyable, and I had a great time watching it. If you lower your expectations and free your mind, I bet you will too. I suggest you see it if you can appreciate it for what it is. If anything else, there is Cam Gigandet and Sean Faris shirtless.


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