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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)

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£845,530 (UK) (4 April 2008)

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$24,848,292 (USA) (30 May 2008)
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Sean Faris gained 15 lbs. of muscle for his role. See more »

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In the opening scene, the football commentator calls a third down, but the man holding the "stick" at the side of the pitch clearly shows a second down. See more »

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Jake Tyler: I lied the first class. I had every intention to fight outside the gym.
Jean Roqua: Is this your apology?
Jake Tyler: I lied because I wanted to pound on the guy who was pounding on me. This guy, he's got the perfect life, the perfect car, the perfect girlfriend. You know, I lied because I'm pissed off. Because I'm angry all the time. I just, I just had to say no and I blew it. That's all I needed to do and I couldn't. My dad, he was, he was completely wasted. He was tanked. He wanted to drive and I let him. He uh, ...
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The Slam
Written by Toby McKeehan, Christopher Stevens, Joe Webber and T-Bone (as Rene Sotomayer (T-Bone))
Performed by Toby McKeehan (as tobyMac) & T-Bone
Courtesy of ForeFront Records
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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A new "Karate Kid"
19 April 2008 | by (Southampton, UK) – See all my reviews

Perhaps my descriptive summary is unkind to this film. I enjoyed it so much because it depicts a young man learning to deal with his emotions, rather than being ruled by his fear of them. It is quite remarkable, the strength of character he ultimately develops, and his interactions with his instructor are gratifyingly free of the childish morality one dreads in such a film, or the typical oriental platitudes that often hallmark them because of the origins of martial arts. At the root of this, I think, is the film's willingness to observe and comment on the 'problem' emotion of anger. Rather than leave it festering, or simply transform it 'as if by magic', the audience can almost see the transformation in the main character, through his physical exertion, which eventually leaves him free of its destructive role in his life. For most, if not all, these reasons, I enjoyed the film because it resonated with me quite closely, but it may not be everyone's cup of tea.

If nothing else, I for one will be researching the possibilities of training in mixed martial arts!


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