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Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)

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Four fighters with different backgrounds come together to train under an ex-MMA rising star and then ultimately have to fight each other.

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Michael Jai White

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Jai White ... Case Walker
Dean Geyer ... Mike Stokes
Alex Meraz ... Zack Gomes
Todd Duffee Todd Duffee ... Tim Newhouse
Scottie Epstein Scottie Epstein ... Justin Epstein
Jillian Murray ... Eve
Evan Peters ... Max Cooperman
Stacey Asaro ... Receptionist
Gralen Bryant Banks ... Frankie
Rus Blackwell ... Caucasian Cop
Beau Brasseaux ... Fighter (as Beau Brasso)
Eddie Bravo Eddie Bravo ... D.J. Bravo
Jude Cambise ... Referee
Grant Case Grant Case ... Zack's Friend
Laura Cayouette ... Vale Newhouse
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Storyline

Ex-boxer Zack (Alex Meraz), talented MMA fighter Tim (Todd Duffee), bullied record store clerk Justin (Scott Epstein) and wrestler Mike (Dean Geyer) come from various backgrounds, but they all share one thing in common: a passion for the "savage science" and quickly become loyal to their unorthodox trainer, Case (Michael Jai White), a brilliant ex-UFC Champion down on his own luck. Teaching them about much more than fighting, Case prepares the young men for a competition called the Beatdown, run by local college kid and fight impresario Max (Evan Peters). When their mentor gets set up by some bad cops, the young men band together to root out a traitor in their midst. Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for brutal violence, pervasive language, some sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

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$3,000,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Lyoto Machida: Former UFC light heavyweight champion, . See more »

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At eleven minutes, Zack is knocked out. As he lands, his arms are over his head. When the shot shifts to a different camera, his arms are at his sides. See more »

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Max Cooperman: Dudes, chill. Okay, I can't just put any Tom's hairy dick in the cage.
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References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Generic and predictable...
9 January 2016 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

For an action movie then this was as predictable as they come. Yep, it is one of those movies where an underdog receives a short period of training in martial arts, then rises to the occasion and wins despite impossible odds against many other well-trained combatants.

Story-wise then "Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown" was rather generic and similar to many other similar movies before it. Actually it was almost a frame-by-frame copy of the first movie.

What makes the movie somewhat worthy watching is the fight during the actual Beatdown event, but it doesn't take place before well over an hour into the movie. The rest of the movie was just, sorry to say, a rather mundane story.

As for the acting, well I will say that it was adequate for the particular genre that it is. Just don't get your hopes up for academy award winning performances.

This sequel is a blatant and unnecessary remake of the first "Never Back Down" movie, to the point where it was embarrassing to bear witness to. It wasn't a continuation or anything, and sure it was with other characters, but the plot and storyline was a copy and paste job that was made so hastily.

"Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown" is a mediocre action movie experience, although it does show some impressive fighting skills from Michael Jai White. It might be worth a watch if you enjoy fighting movies that is driven by the action and a solid storyline is left far behind in its wake.


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