Retired mixed martial artist Wes "The Jailor" Baylor (Scott Adkins) can't refuse a million-dollar purse he's offered for one final bout in Myanmar. But when he arrives for the fight, he ... See full summary »
A famous action movie hero and martial arts star comes out of retirement to assume his alter ego as undercover private contractor named Jean-Claude Van Johnson. He must also deal with aging and his handler Vanessa, the ex he still loves.
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After facing Shredder, who has joined forces with mad scientist Baxter Stockman and henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady to take over the world, the Turtles must confront an even greater nemesis: the notorious Krang.
Eric and Kurt Sloane are the descendants of a well-known Venice, California-based family of martial artists. Kurt has always been in older brother, Eric's shadow, as he lacks the instincts needed to become a champion. Against Kurt's concerns, Eric accepts a paid offer and travels to Thailand to challenge the Muay Thai champion Tong Po and fails with dire consequences. Kurt sets out for revenge. He trains with his brother's mentor, Durand, for a Muay Thai fight against the merciless champion, Tong Po. Durand first thinks Kurt is impossible to train, but through a series of spiritual exercises and tests, Durand discovers that Kurt has a deeper strength that will carry him through his final showdown with Tong Po. Written by
Even though I must have seen the first kickboxer from the 80's around ten times growing up, I never considered it a masterpiece. It is one of those fun and cheesy martial arts movies, not The Godfather. But it is a piece of movie history and the remake did get my attention because it tries to capture something that I liked as a kid.
The remake, however, isn't worth time or money. The production value is just, like many other movies of this genre, too low. There are no actors, only MMA fighters - and it's obvious that acting lessons wasn't on top of the list. The lack of money ensures choppy editing, bad cinematography, rushed plot points and a general cheap feel to the whole thing. Camera angles sometimes even ruin the fight scenes completely - especially the first ones. I think it must be incredibly hard to get a remake like this to work, but they could have done much better - even with such a small budget. The worst problem isn't the story changes, like some seem to think. There is no chemistry between the actors/characters. It all seems so flat and fake. I am sorry to say that they also managed to make Tong Po boring. And how is that even possible? Tong Po was so hellish and demonic in the first one, so fierce and deadly, so frightening... Now he's just any other MMA-guy...
Let's end the review on a positive note. The only thing I slightly enjoyed was seeing how agile JCVD still is. He still looks like a fierce fighter. But I would suggest that you skip this movie.
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