If you went to this movie knowing this was a Kickboxer reboot with JCVD, you should buy this. If you didn't know, then, read this review and decide for yourself.
I grew up in the 80s watching JCVD, Stallone, Segal, etc. I hate the term reboot. Even the sound makes me cringe to think how Hollywood butchered another classic. In the 80s, we knew what a movie should be, action movies were all about action, martial arts/martial arts, etc. Acting expectations went with the style of the movie.
...which brings us to Kickboxer Vengeance. We have a fighting movie about fighters in a brutal competition. We have an exotic setting that fits the story, with culture everywhere.
JCVD delivers a commendable role as Master Durand. He focuses on training in unconventional, but effective ways to develop strength, dexterity, and endurance. He delivers a serious but warm character, which is pleasantly fitting.
Bautista delivers a cold, brutal Tong Po. He speaks little, and when he does, you wonder who is next. Rather than teaching, he observes his students brutalizing each other. Training is a competition for survival with any failure leading to death. It is primitive, but fits the perfect mark of an adversary. Bautista executes this flawlessly.
So, is the acting good...not really, but you did not come here for the acting. You came here for a little old school JCVD goodness, and while I would have wanted to see a bigger role for our man, you are definitely getting what you wanted.