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NEVER BACK DOWN (2008)

NEVER BACK DOWN <span>(2008)</span> artwork

NEVER BACK DOWN (2008)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 111

BBFCInsight Contains strong violence

Director(s) Jeff Wadlow

Cast includes Not known, Djimon Hounsou, Sean Faris, Amber Heard

Summary Shortly after moving to a new town with his family, Jake Tyler finds himself face-to-face with local martial arts champion Ryan McCarty and suffers a humiliating beating. After relentless taunts Jake seeks the mentoring of a veteran fighter, Jacque Roque (played by two-time Academy Award nominee <i>Djimon Hounsou</i>) to train his mind and body for one final, no-holds-barred, elimination fight with his merciless nemesis. Through the sheer dicipline inherent in Mixed Martial Arts Jake learns not only to control his anger but also to confront head-on his filial issues, the ghosts of his past continue to plague him. Jake and Jacque soon are learning from each other as the young brawler espouses the hard and fast rule of his life; "it doesn't matter if you win or lose...everyone has their fight". As well as setting himself on a collision course with the volatile Ryan, Jake finds himself pulling closer to 'head girl' Baja - a whipsmart temptress who reveals herself to be more than just a trophy girlfriend. Featuring adrenaline-pumping action and starring <i>Sean Faris</i> ("<i>Yours, Mine, and Ours</i>", "<i>Smallville</i>"), <i>Djimon Hounsou</i> ("<i>Blood Diamond</i>", "<i>Gladiator</i>"), <i>Amber Heard</i> ("<i>Friday Night Lights</i>") and <i>Cam Gigandet</i> ("<i>The OC</i>"), "<i>Never Back Down</i>" is a coming-of-age story that is sure to throw a punch this April.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 20/03/2008

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

NEVER BACK DOWN is a drama about a young man who learns mixed martial arts in order to defeat a high school bully.

Violence

There are frequent scenes of strong violence in which the main character engages in fights with other students at his school; punches and kicks are mainly delivered off screen, but there are some choke holds which are depicted with some process detail. The violence is slightly glamorised.

There are some uses of mild bad langauge such as 'bitch', 'shit' and 'bastard'.

Details

Title
NEVER BACK DOWN
Also known as
BONUS MATERIAL
Year
2008
Formats
DVD, Cinema
Distributor(s)
Technicolor Home Entertainment Services,Momentum Theatrical
Classified date(s)
17/07/2008
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZF245246

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