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1. Big fan of Michael Jai White, which I made clear in my other
reviews, especially Blood and Bone, which is a must-see. Called him
"the most under-utilized MMA asset in Hollywood."
2. Guess he got tired of waiting for a phone call, because MJW as "director" cast himself in Never Back Down 2 which, for a low budget effort, was a really tight little indie and seems to have given his career a well-deserved second (third?) wind.
3. At 48 years young, MJW is 15 years younger than Steven Seagal, who keeps cranking out Direct To Video productions that should more correctly be called Direct-to-Forget. Except that MJW looks ten years younger than he actually is, and SS looks ten years older than he actually is.
4. This film, NBD3, is unlike anything MJW has done before and even unlike NBD2. It can be considered MJW's personal version of Rocky. (And of course has virtually no connection to NBD1 other than the name.) The script is slow in spots but contains sly humor one does not usually find in these sorts of films. The fight scenes totally rock and there is a new "trope" that MJW (as director) seems to have invented that involves "forecasting" a fight just before it happens, using slo-mo shot in Black and White. Cool!
5. There are two very strange cameos by Tony Jaa and Rampage Jackson which I am still trying to figure out. Ditto for another walk-on by a female Thai martial artist who looked like she weighs 75 pounds soaking wet. And the "big finish" for the story is taken straight from the playbook in Red Belt, another great (and overlooked) MMA film.
RECOMMENDED (!) as both solid entertainment and something different and unexpected. And please remember to see Blood and Bone and NBD2 if you have not already. Also rec Bronson in 1975's HARD TIMES.
And that is just friendly advice. You do know that villains never think
they'll back down. Until they do, then they not only think it, they
actually do it. But apart from the obvious and the predictability what
else is there? The fight scenes of course and they are pretty well
staged. Though that shouldn't be surprising if you have seen Michael
Jai Whites previous work before.
Characters try to shine through, but not every beat of the story or of their development works well. It means well, but that doesn't always go down that well. Well enough of that, because most likely you watch this or consider watching this because of the action involved and there you won't be disappointed (unless you expect Tony Jaa ... wait he also is in it. But just in a cameo role! More juice and fight is in the "Chocolate" star, also getting a short appearance in this).
So while I haven't seen the previous Never Back Down, this is based on, you can watch it and still enjoy it too
What a nice surprise. Michael Jai White did excellent work. He managed
to refrain from unnecessary Hollywood-overkill and instead just told a
story that flows nicely and rewards the viewer with some spectacular
fight scenes. It's actually a bit understated. A rare thing to find
these days. I'll give you an example. During the finale of Hard Target
2 all I could think of was: My God, does the shooting never stop? What
could have just been a gritty survivalist martial arts movie, had to be
made into an over-the-top action vehicle. But it didn't look like the
production crew had the money or experience to pull their ideas off. It
just ends up looking disappointing. Thankfully, Michael Jai White had
no illusions about his project.
Not everything about this movie was top notch. But it just seemed to work for me. I got exactly what I needed. And maybe you will too. I hope MJW will be involved in many more good projects like this one.
I enjoyed a lot the first one back then, surprisingly even tough it had
an Hollywood cast and was very commercial i loved it. Amber Heard... oh
boy... lol. The second one came as a good surprise and i enjoyed it
again a damn lot. The character of Case Walker was good but so was the
other ones as well.
It was inevitable that the third movie would focus on Case, after all Michael Jai White is a huge name in the martial art style and the story of the kids from the second movie was wrapped up.
So when the trailer drop, i was a bit surprised. I mean it didn't looked as good as i had in mind for the next step in Case Walker story. But after having seen the movie, i do feel the movie is a lot better than the trailer. By a lot. Good action, solid character development, the story is engaging even tough a bit less personal than in previous movies. Non the less Michael Jai White make it work super great. The only thing that people may have a grip with, just like i do, is that the movie lacks a great antagonist. The battle is not personal on that level. I don't want to go into a spoiler review so i will not say more, but lets just say that the focus in clearly on the main characters and there relationship together. He does work very good tough.
In the end i had a ton of fun with that movie, its movies like that i am waiting for and i welcome so much the release once in a while. Its like 90s kickboxing movies goodness but at the same time with better direction, better acting, betting production value as a whole.
I do not know the budget for this movie, but for a direct to DVD (not even blu ray, at least here in Quebec) its damn impressive what they accomplished. Fans of martial art action, give it a shot for sure.
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Never Back Down 2 was a pretty nice movie no doubt about that but Never Back Down 3 is just pure epicness. The fight scenes are just awesome every time that Michael Jai White fights and you see flashbacks from him training it's awesome also the bad guy of the film Caesar Braga was a pretty good villain and White is so badass that he doesn't need a cage to take him out also Tony Jaa has a cameo and he is hilarious did i forget to mention that the film is actually pretty funny? Also i like the messages that the film offers like one man against a corrupted system or also the friendship between Case and Brody also the relationship between Case and Myca feels real because it's his actual wife in real life. Never Back Down 3 is a great straight to DVD movie and if you loved the first film you won't be disappointed.
Michael Jai White has been around for a long time. He is a very good
actor and an incredible action star and a superb martial artist.
It is frustrating seeing others succeed with less talent such as Samuel L. Jackson who only has one mode; angry. Michael Jai White should have been Nick Fury, or any other action star because of his skills, charisma, and likability.
With that said this movie is fantastic. I liked the first two Never Back Down's but the this one, part 3, Jai White is the real star. This movie seems like a throwback to the 80's martial arts action films that was so prominent. Hollywood is missing those action movies that men love. Sure this is low budget but it is well done. The good guys are likable and the bad guys are not.
The plot is simple and that is fine. Jai White rules as Casey Walker. He is a former fighter is is forced out of retirement, maybe forced is the wrong word, but he comes out and has reasons to fight again. This is a very nicely paced movie that has some good acting and incredible fight sequences. If you enjoyed Undisputed 2 with Jai White, this is right up your alley. If you enjoy action movies, this is your movie. If you even remotely like MMA or martial arts movies, this is a movie for you.
Never Surrender 3 is a must if you love the franchise. This movie is a 10 out of 10! Nice simple plot, good action, well choreographed action, and a good martial arts film. For fans of guy movies this is a must see and I recommend you at least give it a chance if you are on the fence.
Michael Jai White Rules As Casey Walker and is a Proved Star!
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