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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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Action | Drama | Sport

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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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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 »

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During the fight between Dak-Ho and Jake, Dak Ho lands a kick to Jake's ribs which is clearly seen as his right leg. Next shot, Dak Ho is lowering his left leg. See more »

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Baja Miller: Walking away and giving up are not the same thing.
Jake Tyler: Good, 'cause I'm not doing either one.
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References Mad Max (1979) See more »

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Tales from the South
(In Search of Sunrise Mix)
Written and produced by Jonas Steur aka Estuera
Played by 'Tiesto' in his In Search of Sunrise 6 mix album (as DJ Tiesto)
Blackhole Recordings 2004
Courtesy of Royalty Network
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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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