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Never Back Down (2008)

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

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Storyline

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 USA:

$8,603,195, 16 March 2008, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$24,850,922, 5 June 2008
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Trivia

Actor Cam Gigandet, who plays the villain "Ryan McCarthy" in the movie, has a black belt in Krav Maga in real life. Krav Maga is an Israeli martial art used by the Israeli military. See more »

Goofs

During the Beatdown, when Jake is facing Dak-Ho, right as Ho delivers a hard back kick in response to Jake's right cross, the camera clearly shows Dak-Ho's right foot kicking Jake's ribs. But, when the camera zooms out, it shows Dak-Ho just used his left foot for that last kick. See more »

Quotes

Jake Tyler: [Jake's mom sees him getting ready to leave for the Beatdown] I don't want to lie about this.
Margot Tyler: I'm not going to ask you to.
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References American Pie (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Under the Knife
Written by Brandon Barnes, Christopher Chasse, Tim McIlrath (as Timothy McIlrath) and Joseph Principe
Performed by Rise Against
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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a heavily under-rated kick-arse movie, albeit its flaws...
8 April 2008 | by See all my reviews

Being a martial artist myself, i can understand why others may not feel the same way towards what i am about to say as this film is clearly aimed at a specific audience.

Never back down is a good teen-young adult film. Why is it rated so low? It contains and deals with many issues that are in our every lives. Issues of pride, of bullying, of prejudice, of commitment and above all respect. Its promotional campaign does not do it justice. If one looks below the surface, this movie has some depth to it.

Good things about it: fantastic soundtrack, good acting, great locations, professional fighting and pretty good story, albeit being a bit simple and predictable.

Bad things about it: a bit cheesy, mostly predictable, lack of character development apart from Jake (the main character) and Jean Roqua, the occasional bad technique (from my point of view) and a clear plastic feel to it due to the beautiful people.

I'm not much of a writter, all I'll say is this film is worth watching and is very empowering, particularly if you are a martial artist or have had a bad day.

overall 9/10


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