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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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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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Chris Hauty was inspired to write the script after his then-teenage son showed him YouTube videos of fights taking place at his high school. See more »

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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 »

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Jake Tyler: Go away, Charlie.
Max Cooperman: It's, um, Max Cooperman... And Baja Miller?
[the door flies open]
Max Cooperman: Haha! That was too easy.
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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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Surprisingly good
14 August 2009 | by See all my reviews

This movie is quite predictable. The story of a boy that gets into trouble in school and starts fighting because of that isn't original, but between all the predictable movies with this theme, certainly this is the best.

Your attention is caught in every single scene. I think the best merit of Never Back Down is that it mixes a lot of types of movie. At the beginning, it's like one of that silly teenager's movie, showing the school, party and girls. Then the atmosphere gets darker and the world of fighting is showed, as well as family's problems, turning everything into a drama. And then... I won't tell the whole story, but I assure that you won't get bored.

The acting was very well done too, especially Cam Gigandet. He definitely knew how to be the typical bad guy; not like those annoying bad actors in teenagers movie, but a darker, more "serious" one.

Even with all these qualities that makes Never Back Down stands out, I don't think that older people will enjoy watching it... although the movie brings out a moral that fits in everyone.


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