Never Back Down

2008, Action, 1h 54m

84 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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Though not without its pleasures, Never Back Down faithfully adheres to every imaginable fight movie cliché. Read critic reviews

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Jake (Sean Faris) moves to Orlando, Fla., with his mother (Leslie Hope) and brother (Wyatt Smith). He feels like an outsider in his new school and frequently lets his temper flare out of control. But Jake wants to fit in, and he decides to go to a party with his classmate Baja (Amber Heard). There, Jake is pushed into a fight and humiliated. Another classmate (Evan Peters) sees what happened, and encourages Jake to visit martial arts trainer Jean Roqua (Djimon Hounsou).

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  • Sep 13, 2015
    Better than I expected with some pretty good fight scenes, Ok the acting is pretty bad and it did feel like adult version of Karate Kid, But if you can ignore all of that and just enjoy the fights you will like it.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2013
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  • Nov 25, 2011
    Decently entertaining with a good pace, but, ultimately, the movie includes every fighting movie cliché in the book. It is a typical movie about the underdog that must beat the championship fighter and win the girl. No legitimate ingenuity as the film is incredibly predictable. The fight scenes are overly cinematic, but the choreography is quite good. An adrenaline-charged teen flick that isn`t quite the worst Rocky imitation. (see "Ricky 1")
    Suneel J Super Reviewer
  • Sep 24, 2011
    Never Back Down is a film designed for the teen UFC and mixed martial arts fandom and the rest of us are wishing we watched Warrior instead. The film uses the underdog template but replaces the character with an unlikable lead who barely shows any compassion and remorse. It's a strange mix of film-making and will alienate any viewer who wishes the lead actor to overcome the villain of the film. The hero and villain share a smile glance at the end, even after the villain has beaten up and hospitalized himself and his best friend during the film. Those kind of moments are throughout the entire film. The film lacks a general appeal to the masses and quite rightly this has fallen into obscurity. It's a shame it wasn't able to follow the better films like Rocky, Warrior or The Karate Kid when it comes to creating a film with an uplifting story about the heroes journey. 18/10/2020
    Brendan O Super Reviewer

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