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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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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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When Jake goes to the gym after sticking up for Baja in the parking lot, he throws a kick to Roqua's head while he trains him, in which Roqua has to duck. Later in the movie, when he's training, it shows that he cannot kick that high. See more »

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Baja Miller: I just came to apologize.
Charlie Tyler: Whatever she did... accept!
Jake Tyler: [suppressing a smile] Go away!
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Spoofs Rocky (1976) See more »

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False Pretense
Written by Ronnie Winter
Performed by Red Jumpsuit Apparatus (as The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus)
Courtesy of Virgin Records America
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
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a heavily under-rated kick-arse movie, albeit its flaws...
8 April 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – 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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