Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)

Michael Jai White, Dean Geyer, Alex Meraz, Todd Duffee,
Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown is a video starring Michael Jai White, Dean Geyer, and Alex Meraz. Four fighters with different backgrounds come together to train under an ex-MMA rising star and then ultimately have to fight each...
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The first "Never Back Down" was a MTV inspired version of "Karate Tigermeets Beverly Hills 90210" with a lot of good looking kids (Amber Heardbeing one of them), some nice fight and training sequences and tons ofbad acting and a cheesy script. Never Back Down 2 offers more of thesame. Instead of suffering trough the "emotional journey" of onecharacter, the focus is on 4 of them, everyone's motivations andstoryline being a thin as the piece of paper, that one characters ishitting for 80 minutes (don't ask, watch it and you'll know). Howeverthe fights and training montages are great (especially the sequenceswith MJW, moving impressively fluid for a guy of his size, and the radcapoeira dances of Meraz) and MJW is as charismatic as ever in thisunderwritten role as a mentor with a troubled past. Overall the movieis enjoyable if you're not expecting too much and are a fan ofMMA-related movies or of cheesy, "so bad that it's fun" 80's karateflicks.

5/10 / 10

hot chick or 2, fights were OK but not as good as the first film exceptfor the fight where Michael Jai White is hand cuffed and fights off 4or 5 police men showing his agility. there was some characterdevelopment but not much, clumsy dialogue - not a lot of complete orrealistic conversations, mildly entertaining though i wouldn't watch ittwice like you can with some classic martial arts films. Some big plotholes like how a teenage boxer became a mix martial arts fighter withonly a few weeks training....... hopefully kids out there don't thinkthat's realistic! they all looked a bit young for MMA - kind of boybandMMA haha

the faults aside it was likable and i was entertained!

8/10 / 10

I give this movie an 8 out of 10 because i love the story. It is alittle like the last one one but hey, I loved the last one too. I thinkeverybody is judging this movie on the fights and not the actuallystory. I think the actors did a great job getting you into the story,and Epstein did a good job at being the villain. If you filled out apro's and con's list of this movie I think there would be far morepro's. The mixed martial arts is greatly displayed and the characterslook like real fighters. I hope they make a Never Back Down 3 withpossibly bringing back Jake Tyler to add some class into it but as faras this movie goes. I really enjoyed viewing it and if your an mixedmartial arts guy or even a boxing guy.. I recommend this movie.

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Never Back Down 2 (2011) | My Rating☛ 5/10 Director: Michael Jai WhiteWriter: Chris Hauty Stars: Stacey Asaro, Gralen Bryant Banks and RusBlackwell 103 min- Action

What a waste of time....There was nothing in this movie other thanMichael Jai White one single fight with the cops. Acting was way belowthan one could imagine except Michael Jai White. As far as Michael JaiWhite debut Direction he was OK but still a long way to go. The storygoes like this Four fighters different backgrounds come together totrain under an ex MMA rising star (Michael Jai White) and thenultimately have to fight each other and the traitor in heir midst. Thismovie can only be tolerated by those who love to see anything called"action" and die hard fan of MJW. Rest of the people plz don't botherto see.

7/10 / 10

I was a huge fan of the original "Never Back Down", therefore waslooking forward to seeing this follow-up.

In terms of the plot, it is painfully similar to the original, howeverthis is not necessarily a bad thing, as, surprisingly, the same,predictable story line is still entertaining second-time-round. Inaddition to this, the characters are very similar to those in the firstfilm in many respects, just with a few fresh ideas being introduced.

The action itself is strong; combat is well-acted and every fight sceneis relatively convincing, therefore the film succeeds in, arguably, itskey area.

In addition to this, Jai White is brilliant and after being impressedby his performance in "Blood and Bone", I was pleasantly surprised tosee that his ability has not halted. Furthermore, despite being unsureabout his ability as a director, I was equally impressed.

Overall, fans of the original who desire a similar dose of mixedmartial arts action, or those who want an enjoyable, solid, MMA-baseddrama and are not concerned about a lack of depth or originality,should probably give this movie a try, however I'd advise watching theoriginal first, as it is undoubtedly superior.