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Never Back Down

Movie information

Rated PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned (Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) -- Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving intense sequences of fighting/violence, some sexuality, partying and language - all involving teens.
Released on:
March 14, 2008  

Production Companies:
Mandalay Pictures, BMP Films
Distributors:
Summit Entertainment

Status: Released

Director: Jeff Wadlow

Screenwriter: Chris Hauty

Genre: Action, Sports
About the film:
Set against the action-packed world of Mixed Martial Arts, NEVER BACK DOWN is the story of Jake Tyler, a tough kid who leads with his fists, and, often, with his heart. Jake Tyler, played by Sean Faris, is the new kid in town with a troubled past. He has recently moved to Orlando, Florida with his family who has relocated to support his younger brother's shot at a professional tennis career. Jake was a star athlete on the football team at home, but in this new city he is an outsider with a reputation for being a quick tempered brawler.

Making an attempt to fit in, at the invitation of a flirtatious classmate, Baja (Amber Heard), Jake goes to a party where he is unwittingly pulled into a fight with a bully named Ryan McCarthy (Cam Gigandet). While he is defeated and humiliated in the fight, a classmate introduces himself to Jake and tells him about the sport known as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). He sees a star in Jake and asks that he meet with his mentor, Jean Roqua, played by Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, In America).

It is immediately apparent to Jake that MMA is not street fighting, but rather an art form he wants to master. Roqua will take Jake under his wing, but it is up to Jake to find the patience, discipline, willingness and reason within him to succeed. For Jake, there is much more at stake than mere victory. His decision will not just settle a score; it will define who he is.
Rated PG-13 for mature thematic material involving intense sequences of fighting/violence, some sexuality, partying and language - all involving teens.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $8.6 mil. (2729 theaters) | Domestic Total: $24.85 mil.
Reviews: Fresh or Rotten? See reviews for this film at RottenTomatoes.com


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josh – iowa
July 22, 2010 - 00:14
Subject: me

Jake & Ryan are friends Jake move back to Iowa an mma level of fighting is much more then club fighting. Ryan fights an get really fucked up an Jake fights an get hurt to so to step up there game they go to brazil. but they take there corner man mad max, they train come back an Rogua's the 2nd corner man Jake fights 205 Ryan fights 185 Rogua see's the heavy weight champ he is the man who killed his brother an rogua get his revenge an they will all have the fight of there lives. "no real ufc fighters in this movie" it wont happen sean faris don't like all the hard work

draco
April 18, 2010 - 00:52
Subject: Sequel

I like where you're heading with this, JD, but I agree with Emmet as I would also like to see for the sequel is if Roqua and Ryan's dad face off as it's obvious he's the driving force as to why Ryan was such a prick in the first movie. It would be interesting to have it reveal that Ryan's father was a badass martial artist himself who would give Roqua a hard time. It would be like Mr. Miyagi's fight with Johnny from Cobra Kai in the second and third movie.

emmet – glasgow
August 16, 2009 - 21:25
Subject: nvb2

i think a sequal invloving an expansion on john roka's storyline combined with jake and ryan.maybe ryan's dad versus roka?

JD Pullin – Hodgenville, Kentucky
October 27, 2008 - 14:43
Subject: maybe never back down 2?

Never Back Down was the best movie i have ever seen. I like seriously watch it all the time, its great. I think if you make a sequel and make it where Jake and Ryan Combine forces and do team fighting, that would be a bad ass movie. Have Jake and Ryan go to tournaments like the Beatdown and just completely whoop ass but you know have some difficulty in the process as well. That would be an AWESOME Never Back Down sequel.