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Never Back Down (2008)

 -  Action | Drama | Sport  -  14 March 2008 (USA)
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At his new high school, a rebellious teen is lured into an underground fight club, where he finds a mentor in a mixed martial arts veteran.

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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)

Opening Weekend:

£845,530 (UK) (4 April 2008)

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$24,848,292 (USA) (30 May 2008)
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Before the film's release, a raw recorded video from the set featuring a Capoeira fighter was leaked onto various video-sharing websites. See more »

Goofs

During the fight scene when Jake gets out of the car to fight the three guys in the Yellow Hummer, Max lifts up his video camera after Jake throws his first punch, but after the fight, when all of the students are watching the fight on the net at school, it shows that Max is recording before the fight even begins. See more »

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Running Back: The sause?
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Running Back: That shit will kill ya.
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Featured in Siskel & Ebert: Episode dated 15 March 2008 (2008) See more »

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Outta Control
Written by Ali Dee, Zach Danziger, Julian Davies and Alana Da Fonseca
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Entertaining, as long as you don't think too hard.
8 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Yes, it's just a revamped Karate Kid.

But with MMA, not just Karate, although I did have the occasional urge to shout "Cobra Kai!" when the bad guy came on screen.

Some cool action, basically just MMA (like in the UFC) that's been "hollywoodized" to be showy, "underground", and performed by supposed teenagers.

Djimon Hounsou is wasted on this film, but does fairly well at being the token real actor, giving it some tenuous legitimacy. On the upside, probably a more believable martial arts instructor than Pat Morita... physically, at least.

It's a great movie to just turn off your brain to, and watch lots of girls in bikinis and guys beating each other up. Pleasant, mindless T&A/Action.


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