WWE though does release some great family fun movies and I appreciate that about them. Movies used to be simple at one time, you could pretty much predict the movie from the beginning to end (and while they are not typically what I enjoy as a child it's fun or with family it's fun) and that's basically what Knockout was. You knew what would happen from the very get-go and there wasn't a part of this movie that I didn't predict. It was the typical bullied boy rising up against the bullies in which he strived for respect. It wasn't about winning or losing, but, about standing up for yourself, believing in yourself, and knowing that as long as you do your best in life you'll be self-satisfied and respected by others.
WWE nailed those morals in this family-friendly movie where Steve Austin stars as Dan Barnes the school Janitor that trains the bullied nerd to be a respected boxer by the end of the movie. Austin did a good job at acting, in my opinion, in terms of WWE Superstars he's the best actor that came out of them along side Dwayne Johnson. The main character for no one I've heard of before played a fine role and while some of the others were lackluster actors and pretty cheesy in general, it was what I expected, and to me scores an average expected rating.
It's a movie that you watch with your family and children, has some good morals, and some fair acting but not so in depth that it loses the young ones. It's enjoyable and I appreciated it not for being a great amazing movie but for being what it was meant to be as it did achieve that.
The boxing wasn't so great.
Knockout is based in Tacoma, Washington. The issue I have with this movie is that Steve Austin has a Texas accent, and just about every other actor/actress in this movie has a Canadian accent. It's laughable.
The main actor Daniel Magder is over-the-top nerdy in this movie. The kid almost falls down while he's running. Come on now. I thought that could have been better.
I'd call it below average.
Rest of the story you can guess.
Its loaded with all the clichÃ (C)d motivational one liners and superficial emotional moments yet I liked this movie as the Kid did a good job and for once Steve Austin is not the "Superman".
Movie showed more heart than expected from a direct-to-DVD and VOD film and it has a more realistic feeling the other similar movies.
So in end its not a movie for which you plan and see but rather a movie on which, if you stumble by chance then will not be disappointed.