Never Back Down [Blu-ray] [2008]

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    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (20 out of 22)

    Special Features

    • Deleted scenes
    • Mix it Up: bringing MMA to the big screen
    • Blow by Blow: breaking down the fights
    • Alternate angle fight mode
    • Audio commentary


    Never Back Down
    An outsider teen acclimating to a new school finds a home in a reclusive teenaged fight club in this drama from Cry_Wolf director Jeff Wadlow. Jake Tyler (Sean Faris) has just moved with his family to Orlando, FL. While Jake isn't exactly comfortable being the new kid in town, his younger brother, Charlie (Wyatt Smith), is an aspiring professional tennis star who might just have what it takes to break big. But Charlie isn't the only talented athlete in the family, because Jake used to be something of a hotshot on the gridiron -- at least back home. Here in Orlando, Jake is considered something of a hothead thanks to his penchant for brawling. In an attempt to better fit in with his new classmates, Jake accepts flirtatious classmate Baja's (Amber Heard) invitation to a raucous party. There, the short-fused newcomer is lured into a fight and badly beaten by local bully Ryan McCarthy (Cam Gigandet). But a beam of hope shines through the humiliation when a classmate who sees potential in the defeated fighter informs Jake of a local MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) program run by Jean Roqua (Djimon Hounsou). Despite Jake's preconceived notions regarding MMA, he quickly discovers that it's not just another form of street fighting but a rich new art form that he longs to master. As Roqua takes Jake under his tutelage, it soon becomes apparent that in order to become a true MMA champion, Jake will have to learn patience, discipline, willingness, and reason. This isn't just a quest for revenge, but an opportunity for Jake to finally find out what kind of man he truly is. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Sean Faris
      Sean Faris - Jake Tyler
    • Amber Heard
      Amber Heard - Baja Miller
    • Cam Gigandet
      Cam Gigandet - Ryan McCarthy
    • Evan Peters
      Evan Peters - Max Cooperman
    • Leslie Hope
      Leslie Hope - Margot Tyler

    Customer rating

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Not Worth Watching


      I don't think I'll ever understand movies like this. I've never seen the point of boxing or fighting except for one man to prove dominance over another. And honestly, nobody cares who's more masculine. You don't have to be at the top of the masculinity food chain to have a good life, and that's the message this movie doesn't send. "Never Back Down" entices a wide female audience with lots of buff shirtless guys beating each other up. "Never Back down" also entices a large male audience with a story of the underdog rising to the top by beating the life out of people. And unfortunately neither draw makes for a good film. The entire point of this movie is that the underdog cannot and will not have a happy, peaceful life until he can beat the resident school bully. This is not the kind of message that needs to be sent to teenagers. While I may have only just left my teenage years, I do not believe that violence is the answer to all our problems and therefore think this movie was a horrible idea from start to finish. I've never wanted to throw the remote at my television set any more than when I watched this film. If you're big on boxing and men being each other up, yes you'll like this movie. And I know there's a big enough audience out there that will appreciate this film. But I honestly don't see the point in anything the main character does in this film, and therefore cannot recommend it to anyone else.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      New B movie...


      This movie is a perfect representative of a new age of B-movies. It's all about ultra popular and extremely overrated MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). The boring plot that was used in dozens of movies before. Unbelievably shallow characters. Even Djimon Hounsou wasn't given enough space to actually act. The only character who was interesting and had potencial was an antagonist, but who's going to give a "bad" guy much time and development, right? I'm going even to get into details of fighting, it was simply unrealistic. Secret tournament to which everybody get a text message? Give me a break and come up with something more convincing. And if you want to watch that kind of movie, rewatch "Bloodsport". At least it had Bolo in it

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Movie surpassed my expectations.


      When I went to the theaters to watch this film, I set low standards expecting only to kill time and see a movie overhyped by the MMA craze. What surprised me about the movie is how it portrayed the in-depth the training regiment involved which gave backing to the authenticity of the film. Although the plot of the story is very predicatable formula of starting over in a new place, going to a new school, falling for a girl, and fighting the ex-boyfriend in the end (ala Karate Kid), the storyline actually flowed well and was interesting enough to follow throughout the movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wow Just Amazing


      When I saw this movie in theaters it just blew me alway. I knew I was going to buy when it came out on DVD. Never Back Down has a great storyline. It is about a fighter who, at first puts down his gloves to stay out of trouble, but then starts fighting again after meeting another teenager who is very popular and wants to fight him. This is all after he moves schools. Of course there is your basic drama in the movie, the girl, the training, the best friend... I would recommend this movie to almost everyone.!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


      • Top 100 ContributorTop 100 Contributor

      Ever since I heard of this movie I wanted to watch it really bad but never got the chance to see it theaters. I just finished watching this and oh my god was this movie incredible. I expected much less from this but it came out on top. It's a little predictable but it's still enjoyable enough for anyopne to keep watching it. This is a definate must for MMA or UFC fans. If you're not into that stuff then you might not like it as much but i loved it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars



      so this movie was pretty good. it deals with your average teenager issues, where a kid doesnt fit in and gets picked on up until the breaking point, he feels like he needs to prove himself, so he does something he didn't really want to but felt like he had to. its a good movie, flows well and easy to watch without getting distracted. it's good.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      GREAT movie


      I went to see this movie when it came out in theaters and loved it. I love watching the ufc and other mixed martial arts shows. This is a great movie for mma fans. Its shows how hard it is to learn mma and it also has ALOT of good fight seens. I can't wait for this movie to come out, it's deffenetly one that i will buy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best movie ever


      Oh this is one of the best movies ive ever seen! Its got a great storyline, great fights and some parts that are pretty funny. I reccomend this movie to anyone in their teens or anyone who is into fighting in general. Im a black belt in TKD and I felt that it really expressed what it means to be a fighter.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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