Never Back Down Trailer: Karate Kid for a New Generation?

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With all the talk that’s been going around about a Karate Kid remake that may or may not star Will Smith’s son, it appears that they may have already missed the boat. Jeff Wadlow, the director of Cry_Wolf has beaten them to the punch with his new movie Never Back Down starring Sean Faris (Life As We Know It), Cam Gigandet (The O.C.) and Amber Heard (Friday Night Lights).

You might call this The Karate Kid meets Fight Club meets The Fast and The Furious. Nowadays, plain old karate just won’t cut it, so they set it in the gritty underground world of mixed martial arts fighting. Instead of an eccentric mentor like Mr. Miyagi, we get Academy Award-nominee Djimon Hounsou. (Seriously, this guy is way too good for this movie… someone tell him to get a new agent.) Now replace Joe Esposito’s “You’re The Best Around” with Papa Roach and you’ve got a winner! Can you tell I have no interest in this flick? Regardless, I’m sure it will find an audience… anything even remotely related to the UFC is a surefire hit. Never Back Down hits theatres on March 14th.

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  • Well, Djimon Hounsou was in the latest Edward Zwick film, so this is a definite step up for him.

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  • Dancing, rap-battling, and racing movies are a dime a dozen these days, so why not “mixed martial arts” as well? I admit that I can’t help but see the similarities to The Karate Kid, but Never Back Down just doesn’t appear to have any of the charm of that film.

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  • EMH

    I definitely see the similarities with The Karate Kid, but it’s just so “updated” with the UFC and “underground” slant that .. eh. Really doesn’t seem like there’s any actual story here. Just doesn’t have the charm like the Rian said… another good one to miss it looks like.

  • Like Rian Says, we had loads of rap-battle,dance and race films, and to be honest..They all did a good job at the box office..And seeing how the UFC and MMA alltogether is doing in the US,this will probably do a good job money wise too,and if you like action flicks,it might be very okay:)
    Hell,it might even bring MMA to europe if it does wel in America.