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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
Diego Rodriguez Delfino ... Fratboy (uncredited)
Ryan H. Jackson ... Jailor (uncredited)

Jason Lumberjack Johnson ... Jailer Cop (uncredited)
Nathan Alan Thomas ... Jailer / Soldier (uncredited)
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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
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:
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It only takes 14 minutes from the start of the movie before Kellan Lutz gets his shirt off.See more »
Factual errors: The office workers watching Death Games, who are credited as "Japanese", are speaking Chinese.See more »
David Lord:Life sucks. Scars happen.See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Silence of the Lambs (1991)See more »


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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Pretentious, immoral nonsense with easy pay cheque written all over it, 27 April 2012
Author: davideo-2 from United Kingdom

STAR RATING: ***** Saturday Night **** Friday Night *** Friday Morning ** Sunday Night * Monday Morning

In a futuristic world where people watch and vote for on-line battles to the death, David Lord (Kellan Lutz) is an all star football player who has everything going for him until his beautiful girlfriend is killed in a car accident. With his reason for living gone, he finds himself drunk and desperate in a Mexican bar, where a chance encounter finds him thrust into the world of the online fighting, run by the sadistic Logan (Samuel L. Jackson.) As he fights for survival, Lord hatches a cunning plan to break free and bring down Logan's brutal empire.

Samuel L. Jackson is certainly one of the more curious of the Hollywood A listers. A late starter on the scene, and certainly not one of the young and beautiful crowd now, his name on a poster can still pretty much guarantee a big box office opening weekend with the right publicity and appraisal. He possesses an undeniable charisma and style that still makes him distinctive as an actor and meant he was always destined to make it big one day. Yet, when artistic credibility is not at the top of his agenda, he seems an actor who's willing to sell himself out for an easy pay cheque on whichever piece of limited release/straight to DVD bunkem that comes along, of which category Arena falls into quite easily.

Aiming for a Running Man style clever satire of the way television/online media is heading, Jonah Loop's utterly style over substance offering simply revels in it's own ridiculousness, becoming ever more over the top and far fetched as it goes along and seeming to compensate by way of a load of brutal, nonsensically over the top blood and gore delivered with a minimum of subtlety or taste. Jackson himself tries his best and tries to inject the hopeless corpse with some of his flair and delivery, but he really shouldn't have bothered. Lutz is little more than the average all brawn no charisma clowns Hollywood seems to pass off as actors these days, while the rest of the supporting cast just go through the motions as you can with this sort of thing.

It would have been one thing if Arena had been a beautiful mess of a film. As it is, it's just quite a garish and unpleasant one. *

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