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Sometimes enjoyment can stem from your level of initial expectations. I
try to remain open minded when I'm viewing a movie, but it's hard to
completely keep out certain things. Even though I've seen better movies
recently, I felt obligated to comment on this one, due to the
preconceived notions one might have. If you take it for what it is,
you'll be satisfied.
When I first started "Knockout", I mostly expected a highly predictable experience which would essentially leave me empty handed. Although it did turn out to be predictable, I was won over by the enormous sense of warmth and the sincerity of the actors. This is basically another take on the underdog story, which means there's an obvious inspirational tone hanging in certain scenes. But despite the presentation of certain scenes, I felt like it wasn't overdone for the most part. I was even slightly touched during a few moments, even if they weren't entirely original.
Steve Austin was surprisingly comfortable in this role. He projects an enormous feeling of kindness all throughout the picture. As for Daniel Magder, he started off rocky, but as his character progressed, his earlier choices started to make sense. The actor who plays the childishly maniacal Hector also deserves a mention. Even though the character is one dimensional, he manages to believably embrace the bully role.
All and all, this is an example of a movie rising above the material in order to bring the viewer with a fairly delightful experience.
Well this is a story told lots of times , the underdog that comes out
alright in the end .And it feels a bit like the karate kid goes boxing
. And I'm not really a Steve Austin fan .
But strangely enough it works . The story while not original kept me , and that's saying a lot . The box-kid is an interesting character so is Steven Austin as coach . Austin is not a great actor , but he makes up to it with attitude and stature . And in my opinion keeping it real was smart .
Not much else to say , I enjoyed it , but nothing to write home about . While I think it appeals mostly to teens , its not a bad movie for any age , and I for one like the "you can do it if u set your mind to it " message .
Well lets start with the positive. The budget was 9mil. For 9 mil it
actually looks decent. Editing cuts are late at times, but simply done
which is refreshing from the quick paced clipping action scene cuts we
get in the every big budget movie. With what they had to work with I
guess its OK.
Stone Cold Steve Austin was the best actor in the flick. Hector the bully did a nice job for what he was working with. The main character is painful to watch in this role. I don't want to bash the kid but a boxer he is not, awkward he is, but in all the wrong ways. The mother is 4 out of 10 and the rest of the cast is blah. The girl the main character falls for has a unique look so she can get a bonus point, blah +1, might like to see her again in a better part to decide.
Script is weak, directing is off, sets look decent, make up not good and effects... there are none. It feels like it's an after school special from the 80's without the warmth or the character development. Somehow the movie did have heart though. I'll attribute it to the main character and Steve Austin standing up for what is right.
My big issue here is that it is a boxing movie and our lead character can't even throw a punch. I mean who the heck did the casting? Did the kids dad pay for the movie? It looks like he just put his xbox remote down and went on set. I really have to stress that the child can literally not throw a normal jab, hook, or any normal looking punch, and has no athletic ability. The main fight looks is like watching 2 tards throw haymakers at each other and for 5 minutes. OK I am harsh but there are so many talented kids out there how could he get the part. He should be cast as an awkward science geek genius that figures out a mathematical way to rob banks. That would be more convincing, but I doubt there will be a future for him in the movie industry.
Like the other guy said this makes Breakin 2 Electric Boogaloo look like Oscar material. :)
I am a Steve Austin fan: Loved "The Condemned" and "Damage", and most of his other films. I think the folks who slammed him with the negative reviews were a bit harsh and unfair. Is he "Oscar" material? No. Does he do Shakespeare type material? No. His "genre" is pulp type fiction for the masses! My only real benchmark for a good movie is this: Do I feel better after watching a movie, than I did before I watched it? In this case: yea! It was pretty good. A little campy but...overall, I gave it a 10 for meeting expectations and for the above mentioned reason as well. Actually, I give this movie a "7", to be honest: the extra "3" is to spite the negative reviewers and their vitriol!! I love the way the folks leaving the terrible reviews accuse anyone who actually *liked* the movie of being shills!! I assure you: I live in Ocean County, NJ and I don't work for Hollywood or the production company...nor do I know, personally, Steve Austin! Which of course puts me in the *other* box they accuse those of us who like the film of being in: We are retards!! LOL!! If we actually like the movie they are bashing, and we are not shills or work for the production company, then we are just stupid, or retarded! Wow! I think that that mindset, on their part, is very telling! Says a lot about them, don't you think? Anyway, Thanks Steve Austin, for making an enjoyable film (again!) and I wish you much success in the future! STONE COLD FOR PRESIDENT: 2012!!! J/K!!
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I'm in my 50's and I enjoyed watching this. And that's saying something, as I'm not easily entertained by movies about High School kids and teenage angst. (Not since Fast Times at Ridgemont High, My Bodyguard, and The Breakfast Club from the 80's.) As others have said, this movie is not over the top, nor does it attempt to be. It even takes a friendly poke at some that are, like when our hero jumps up out of his chair after sharing his first kiss with his new girlfriend and shouts something like "Yo, Adrienne!" The Mom not understanding what a son has to endure when transferring to a new school is an important issue that is addressed here. Dads can relate no doubt, but for the single Moms out there, please take note. If your kid wants to learn how to fight, don't discourage him. He most likely has a very good reason. There's hardly any swearing, no gore, no sex, which is refreshing for a film of this genre. Steve Austin's character as the coach is believable, as you know he's lived the life. "For 3 minutes a round, it's just you and your opponent." Wish the kid would have thrown more punches after all that training... he seemed to be mostly on the defensive. Had he noticeably blossomed into a really tough fighter, I might have given this a couple extra stars just to witness the dramatic transformation. As it stands, it is a pleasant, mildly entertaining story about courage and survival within the hallways and gymnasiums of the U.S. secondary school system.
I'm almost certain that the people who are down rating this film
initially thought they would be watching a Stone Cold Steve Austin
action extravaganza instead of a family movie. Even though I'm not a
professional movie critic, or a filmmaker, I do consider myself a movie
buff who delves into every possible genre. And as far as this certain
type of genre goes, it's pretty good.
"Knockout" never tries to jump over itself. It clearly knows what it wants to be. In fact, at one point, it gives a shout out to the original "Karate Kid." Many plot lines feel familiar, but it's all handled with as much care as possible. The movie is successful at flowing down the middle without being overly heartwarming, or not heartwarming enough.
Steve Austin isn't applying for greatness, but he feels completely right for this role. Despite his opposing figure, you can see the soft spot within his eyes. As for the main kid, he eases into the role by the end of the film. The kid who played Hector tackles the bully role with aplomb. The girl playing Ruby is also very charming.
All in all, my two young kids enjoyed this and so did I. As far as these types of films go, this one is above most.
Nothing new about this recent D-to-D starring Steve Austin as Mr.
Miyagi, oops, Dan Barns, a former boxer turned janitor who puts a nerdy
kid under his wing and teach him the noble art as a way of learning how
to handle life itself.
The good thing is that the flick has a heart, is well rounded and the characters are sympathetic enough to warrant some entertainment.
Of course we movie gobblers have seen the same story done dozens of times, but who does not love to see an underdog get the prize?
The highlight is that Steve Austin is charismatic enough and keeps it real most of the time, compensating the less than thrilling protagonist.
The dialog is cross and direct from a bad self-help book; however, is said with some dignity and Austin shows he is not only a killing machine, he has potential to not embarrass himself in more meaty roles.
A nice time waster, if you do not have anything else to do and likes to tackle this kind of movie.
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I was pleasantly surprised with respect to the execution of the actors.
Some of the previous reviews simply didn't get it! Young Matthew Miller
played by Daniel Magder (Life with Derek's Edwin) was transformed over
the course of the film from a bumbling geek to a self confident young
man at the conclusion of the film. He displayed the stark contrast in
character between the role he played at the beginning of the film and
the end. At the start of the movie Matthew was in a place he didn't
want to be and had to sacrifice his academic arena for the sake of his
mother. He was nervous, angry and self conscious and displayed his
emotions and feelings with an awkwardness both physically and
emotionally. This is a much different role than that of Edwin in "Life
with Derek". I believe he pulled it off beautifully. Steve Austin was
consistent throughout the film showing a "soft side" and yet he was
still rough around the edges given his checkered past. He played the
role beautifully. Nice job Steve!!!
Matthew's mother came across as annoying which added balance to the story. If the kids were shown as professional boxers the credibility of the film would have suffered. These are teenagers in middle school just learning the craft of boxing, not seasoned veterans.
Yes, definitely a "feel good" story and yet not over the top. The lesson that the film depicts should not be lost on today's young generation. The old adage, when you fall, pick yourself up and try again, rings out load and clear.
This movie is a winner!!!
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