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Release Date:
11 October 2011 (USA) See more »
There's no greater battle... Than the battle for your life. See more »
David Lord finds himself forced into the savage world of a modern gladiatorial arena, where men fight to the death for the entertainment of the online masses. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Samuel L. Jackson ... Logan

Kellan Lutz ... David Lord

Johnny Messner ... Kaden

Katia Winter ... Milla

Daniel Dae Kim ... Taiga

James Remar ... Agent McCarty

Nina Dobrev ... Lori

Lauren Shiohama ... Kawaii

Irene Choi ... Kaneko

Kofi Yiadom ... Ripper

Derek Mears ... Brutus Jackson

Dean J. West ... Rick
Jason Zone Fisher ... Josh
Kent Jude Bernard ... Craig

Grant Case ... Drunk Frat Boy
Heather Harrison ... Samantha
Marcelle Baer ... Ashley

Phil Culotta ... Mayhem

Michael Liu ... Yoshi

Tze Yep ... Chinese Middle Manager
Solomon Loop ... Bus Driver

Shanna Forrestall ... Computer Tech

Sam Medina ... Mexican Bouncer

Vanessa Branch ... BBC reporter

Laura Weissbecker ... Reporter

Mayra Leal ... Mexican Bartender

Monica Acosta ... Bar Patron

Brandon Ellison ... Scientist / Lab Coat
Josh Tessier ... Lead Soldier

Amy Le ... Akiko
Angel Spitale ... Girl in cell
Alex Froman ... Marine
Kaj Larsen ... Navy SEAL Team Leader
Bob Gassoff ... Navy SEAL #1
Monti Favero ... Navy SEAL #2
Tom Cowan ... Navy SEAL #3
Tommy Cowan ... Navy SEAL #4
Ryan Cowan ... Navy SEAL #5
David Poole ... Army Officer
Jimmy Townsend ... Bar Patron #1
Marshall Geller ... Bar Patron #2
Mike Shustek ... Bar Patron #3
Ira Levine ... Bar Patron #4
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michelle Andrew ... Tracy Williams

Beau Brasseaux ... Jailor (as Beau Brasso)
Thomas C. Daniel ... The Cleaner
Kasey Emas ... Girl at Party

Jason Lumberjack Johnson ... Jailer (as Jason Johnson)
Diego Rodriguez Delfino ... Fratboy (uncredited)
Ryan H. Jackson ... Jailor (uncredited)
Nathan Alan Thomas ... Jailer / Soldier (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonah Loop 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tony Giglio  written by
Michael Hultquist  original screenplay
Robert Martinez  original screenplay

Produced by
Justin Bursch .... co-producer
Mike Callaghan .... producer
Larry Collins .... co-producer
Rui Costa Reis .... executive producer
Eliad Josephson .... executive producer
Brad Krevoy .... producer
Reuben Liber .... executive producer
Patrick Newall .... line producer
Philip Poole .... assistant producer
Nick Thurlow .... executive producer
Gregory M. Walker .... executive producer
Ryan Westheimer .... associate producer
Mark Williams .... producer
Original Music by
Jeff Danna 
Cinematography by
Nelson Cragg 
Film Editing by
Robert Berman 
Harvey Rosenstock 
Casting by
Anne McCarthy 
Production Design by
Tom Lisowski 
Set Decoration by
Ryan Welsch 
Costume Design by
Shawn Holly Cookson 
Makeup Department
Allan A. Apone .... makeup artist: Mr. Jackson
Martin Astles .... makeup effects sculptor
Hailey Authement .... assistant makeup artist
Adam Brandy .... makeup artist: Mr. Jackson, pickup shots
Nicole Gaudin .... key hair stylist
Marcos Gonzales .... department head hair
Lauren Thomas .... key makeup artist
Lauren Thomas .... makeup department head
Lauren Thomas .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Patrick Newall .... post-production supervisor
Cj Stewart .... post-production manager: Post Matters
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bryan Adams .... assistant director intern
Phil Culotta .... second unit director
Ben Ledoux .... second assistant director
Chip Signore .... first assistant director
Zack Smith .... second second assistant director (as Zack L. Smith)
Art Department
Brandon Briscoe .... scenic
John J. Capeville III .... carpenter
William Catania .... assistant property master
James Comisky .... prop maker
Jesani Drew .... art intern
Dan Fraga .... storyboard artist
John Gathright .... leadman
Matthew Gatlin .... draftsman
David Goodwin .... set designer
Roy Harrison .... set dresser
Wayne J. Harrison .... prop maker
Destin M. Hebert .... set dresser
Mark T. Henderson .... prop maker
James J. Hershey .... prop maker
Keith Keal .... set dresser
Jason Oertling .... lead scenic
Danielle Poret .... art department coordinator
Jefry Shebroe .... on-set dresser
Ember Soberman .... painter
Marcus Turchi .... construction coordinator
Keith Wall .... set dresser
Brook Yeaton .... property master
Sound Department
Patrick O. Bird .... supervising sound editor
Kathleen Edwards .... adr recordist: New Mexico
John W. Frost .... supervising sound editor
Steven Huerstel .... boom operator
Tor McAfee Kingdon .... adr mixer: New Mexico
Ryan McCabe .... sound effects editor
Daniel D. Monahan .... sound mixer
Mykl Rogers .... sound editor
Patrick Rubenstein .... sound production assistant
Eric Stolz .... sound re-recording mixer
Special Effects by
David A. Poole .... pyrotechnician
Ryan A. Riley .... special effects technician
Steve Riley .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Chase Bickel .... digital compositor
Tarn Fox .... visual effects producer
Nicholas Lund-Ulrich .... digital artist
Melaina Mace .... digital matte painter: Scoundrel
Mark Matta .... layout & matchmove artist
David B. Moulder .... visual effects supervisor
Patricia O'Donnell .... compositor
Marco Recuay .... visual effects supervisor: Scoundrel
Jason Ripley .... visual effects artist
D.J. Shea .... visual effects supervisor: Post Matters
Erin Nicole Wyatt .... visual effects editor
Arnold Chon .... fight choreographer
Phil Culotta .... stunt coordinator
Sam Medina .... stunt performer
Lin Oeding .... stunt coordinator
Josh Tessier .... stunts
Kofi Yiadom .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Broussard .... rigging electrician
David Bush .... camera intern
Scott Calcagno .... electrician
Nicholas Davidoff .... camera operator: "b" camera
Nezben Deason .... grip
Ryan Elliott .... jib operator: "b" camera
Stephen Fouasnon .... second assistant camera: re-shoots
Kevin Kennedy .... key grip
Kimberlee Loop .... still photographer
Ronald 'Ronnie' Martin .... electrician
Richard Maxey .... dolly grip
BJ McDonnell .... camera operator: "a" camera
BJ McDonnell .... steadicam operator
Charlie Nauman .... second assistant camera
Brandon Swain .... electrician
Brandon Swain .... rigging gaffer
Shawn Torge .... electrician
Jeffery J. Tufano .... additional camera operator
Trevor Tufano .... second assistant camera
David J. White II .... first assistant camera
Wade Whitley .... first assistant camera
Marc Wiercioch .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Barry Williamson .... grip
Louis Zlotowicz .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Casting Department
Brent Caballero .... local casting
Hank Langlois .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Daniel Flores .... wardrobe production assistant
Billy Ray McKenna .... costume supervisor
Katey Ravencraft .... set costumer
Nicole Siegenberg .... key costumer
Michelle Toledo .... set costumer
Editorial Department
Andrew Drazek .... dailies technician
Colin Laurent-Bixler .... apprentice editor
Jason Yanuzzi .... colorist
Music Department
John Fee .... composer: additional music
Peter Fuchs .... scoring mixer
Jonathan Merkel .... composer: additional music
Joe Paganelli .... music supervisor
Dan Parr .... orchestrator
John Whynot .... score mixer
Transportation Department
Morris Aroesti .... picture car coordinator
Morris Aroesti .... transportation coordinator
Willie D. Partin .... transportation captain
Chris Pedersen .... driver
Other crew
Bryan Adams .... key set intern
Zack Bartow .... production assistant
Nathaniel Bartrum .... set production assistant
Ashley Brahm .... production coordinator
Marjorie Chodorov .... production accountant
Margo Nicole Clark .... stand-in
Karen Dean .... assistant production coordinator
Jesani Drew .... set intern
Greg Dukes .... stand-in for Mr. Jackson
Sarah Duryea .... production office intern
Kasey Emas .... stand-in (as Kasey Amanda)
Jamie Freeman .... set intern
Mike Groner .... insurance broker
Pamela Jones .... post-production accountant
Jeremy Kirkland .... production assistant
Kevin Lum .... key set production assistant
Volney McFarlin .... assistant: Mr. Jackson
Norris Ortolano .... location manager
Jen Parsons .... set production assistant
Kimberley Roper .... script supervisor
Pilar L. Salazar .... payroll accountant
Claire Schexnayder .... assistant production accountant
Chris Williams .... production assistant
Eric Williams .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong brutal and bloody violence throughout, graphic nudity and language
94 min (theatrical version)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

It only takes 14 minutes from the start of the movie before Kellan Lutz gets his shirt off.See more »
Factual errors: Brutus Jackson could not have been broken out of the prison transport outside Robben Island prison. The prison is on a small island and transports prior to the decommissioning of the prison were done by boat.See more »
David Lord:Life sucks. Scars happen.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Silence of the Lambs (1991)See more »
You've Gotta Want ItSee more »


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21 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
Stylistic, gratuitous exploitation, 9 October 2011
Author: Matt Kracht ( from New York

While I agree with the highly negative reviews already posted, I didn't find it *quite* as offensively bad as they did. Sure, the fight choreography was poor, at times, but it wasn't nearly as bad as Amsterdam Heavy. The acting wasn't much better, but it was still about par for the genre. I guess this is place where I'm supposed to express incredulity over Sam Jackson appearing in this movie, but, really, everyone who watches lots of low budget, direct-to-video movies knows that he'll appear in anything. He's done some really mediocre (and even bad) movies, in the past.

Anyways, the main plot consists of a James Bond villain (Sam Jackson) kidnapping people and forcing them into fighting to the death. That's it. Nothing else. No pretenses to art here. Now, if the fight choreography and stunts were good, I might able to suggest this to fans of direct-to-video B movies inspired by Enter the Dragon and Bloodsport. Unfortunately, they're really not very well done, with some of them looking downright crappy and unimpressive. Some others, however, end up looking pretty decent, though nowhere near Enter The Dragon or Bloodsport. The direction focuses on stylized, bloody violence, with fast cuts, slow motion, and lots of posing. If Michael Bay drives you nuts, I doubt you'll like this much, either.

There's a rather surprising amount of gratuitous exploitation in this movie. If you're prudish at all, I'd warn you to avoid it. There's constant, gory violence and occasional full frontal nudity (female only), making this one of the most overt, unapologetic, and cynical attempts at making a mainstream action movie that I've seen recently. I guess they're saying that if the nudity doesn't get you off, the violence will, like we're all a bunch over-stimulated sociopaths. There's a satirical element to all this gratuitous exploitation, but I think it was inserted merely to deflect criticism.

If you're looking for exploitation, there's plenty of that. Otherwise, I'd say you're best off skipping it. The action scenes aren't good enough. Some people have criticized this as being pornographic, and I have to agree; the violence seems to be almost fetishized. However, amoral as I am, I find the lack of plot and poor fight choreography to be the true problems with this movie.

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