A fateful event leads to a job in the film business for top mixed-martial arts instructor Mike Terry. Though he refuses to participate in prize bouts, circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition.
Lyon Gaultier is a deserter in the Foreign Legion arriving in the USA entirely hard up. He finds his brother between life and death and his sister-in-law without the money needed to heal ... See full summary »
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
Shawn MacArthur, the kindhearted son of an Alabama wrestling coach, makes a grim living selling fake products on the streets in New York. After dealing with thieving punks, he's discovered by bare-knuckle street-fight manager Harvey Boarden. He soon proves himself worthy and starts earning a small fortune, part of which he volunteers to spend on single mother Zulay Velez. Shawn doesn't cheat, and just that seems a major problem, notably after the arrival of his Alabama high-school rival. Written by
In this film, Channing Tatum's character states he is from Birmingham, Alabama and Terrence Howard's character states he is from Chicago, IL. In real life, Tatum was born in Cullman, Alabama and Howard was born in Chicago, IL. See more »
In the scene where Harvey pays a visit to Jack's office in the back of the store. Harvey knocks on the door then proceeds to enter the room. In the next shot, one of Jack's men opens the door for Harvey and there is a wall and a clothes rack behind Harvey. See more »
There seemed to be a positive attitude before the film started which was given a helping hand by the "star" of the film Channing Tatum (who plays Shawn MacArthur) making a guest appearance before the film started to introduce the movie.
A bit of a poor man's Rocky, with (believe it or not) an even worse story. Delving into the seedy, underground world of bare-knuckle fighting with no holds barred.
A new kid in town, down on his luck in the big City meets up with and becomes unlikely friends with a less than successful con man / fight promoter and his entourage of misfits and vagabonds. The fights get increasingly intense as each opponent gets bigger and stronger than the last, until the big showdown with a boyhood nemesis.
Meanwhile, as a sub-plot, the up-and-coming fighter tries to woo a club waitress by always turning up whenever she is around alas, I suppose stalking has the same effect as a bunch of roses to some people today.
This was a poorly directed film, and the characters were pretty wooden, the story was very laboured and moved very slowly.
The redeeming features were some of the fight scenes (that were a bit on the brutal side), and the "comedy" performance of the girlfriend's Mother that kept popping into the room on the most inappropriate of moments! Although the fight sequences may be of interest to some I would say that many others would find these quite off putting.
The film tries to save itself with some plot twists, but, unfortunately you could see these punches coming from a long way off.
Channing Tatum in the opening introduction before the film started described the plot line of the movie as being loosely based on "Midnight Cowboy" but it is a very loose connection both in story, acting ability or finished result and this film definitely wasn't the winner.
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