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NEW Never Back Down 2: The Beatdow (DVD)

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Behind closed doors of a seemingly normal college, the ultimate showdown in underground MMA fighting is being planned. Ex-MMA rising star Case Walker (Michael Jai White) trains four college-age fighters, each with their own individual obstacles. Case will instruct them to master the most mind-blowing fighting techniques and go head to head in the most punishing competition ever devised - The Beatdown. Featuring UFC Champion Lyoto Machida, MMA fighter Scottie Epstein and UFC fighter Todd Duffee.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Michael Jai White ROCKS. July 19 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a really good sequel. It still has a slight
"Karate Kid" feel to it, but with even more fight
action than the first "N.B.D." movie.

I've always known Michael Jai White to be a talented
martial arts performer, ever since "Universal Soldier:
The Return" and it turns out he's not a bad director.

I enjoyed this movie, but i don't believe that it
beats the original in every single way, as written
on the front of the sleeve.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Never Back Down 2 March 15 2012
By Ed
Format:DVD
After seeing this on VOD I just had to buy it. Loved the movie and it's one of the better MMA ones I have seen. From start to finish you are hooked. Check it out!
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3.0 out of 5 stars overcoming obligatory on-screen obstacles Sept. 19 2011
By Mantis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
I should preface the upcoming criticism by mentioning that I am a BIG fan of Michael Jai White and that one's first time tackling a new task often results in a hose with a few kinks. The recognition of potential is what's important and I hope he continues not only directing films, but films like this!

White makes his directorial debut in the form of a direct-to-video sequel to the 2008 hit. He also plays Case, a former MMA champ who's on probation and spends his time training young college students for The Beatdown: a 16-man elimination cage-tournament where the winner brings home 10K. His prospects include Tim (Todd Duffee), a student trying to help his financially-struggling mother; Zack (Alex Meraz, "The Twilight Saga"), an injured ex-boxer risking blindness; Justin (Scottie Epstein), a bullied comic-book aficionado; and Mike (Dean Guyer), a collegiate wrestler with a short fuse who's trying to come to terms with his estranged father. Linking it all together is Max (Evan Peters), the sole leftover from the first film, this time funding The Beatdown and holding it in Louisiana.

Unfortunately, the movie is marred by poor pacing and generally unlikable characters, except for Tim (who could be Dolph Lundgren's long-lost son), Case, Justin and Max. Though not the fault of the capable actors, Mike & Zach kinda come off as one-dimensional tools. Until the last 15 minutes anyway. I had no real expectations for this film until I read that White was directing, the fights were being choreographed by Larnell Stovall (who exceeded my high expectations with "Undisputed 3"), and a couple of reviews that boasted that this film "... beats the original in every way". Eh, not quite EVERY way. While I was not a fan of the first film, the acting and pacing was better and the antagonist was more interesting. In fact, a clear antagonist doesn't really emerge here until the last act of the film (where most of the action takes place), which could be an asset, depending on your point of view. Few people ever encounter larger obstacles than that of the self.

OK then, what was better? Well, the fights/training scenes are MUCH better! I said "Larnell Stovall", didn't I? ANY fight in 2 is better than ANY fight in the first film! It would be very difficult to film better cage-fights than Stovall and White produce here. Yeah, they're a little more fancy than authentic MMA but this is a movie and a single coat of gloss is not only inevitable but preferred. And without the shaky, over-edited photography of the first film! No visible stunt-doubles either and some of the fellas have some good moves, especially Alex Meraz. The fights don't come off quite as effective as "Undisputed 3" but perhaps that's because I wasn't nearly as engaged in the plight of the characters here. Not every movie can have Uri Boyka!

The Sony/Stage 6/Mandalay DVD has good, widescreen picture quality with a couple of special features: commentary with White, Duffee, and Epstein and two deleted scenes. Languages available in English, French, Spanish, Portugese, and Thai. Subtitles in all aforementioned languages plus Korean and Chinese, too! On a whole, I did enjoy it, and for fans of DTV kick-flicks and MMA, it is recommended.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More of a remake then a sequel. Many of the same ideas from first are in this, I mean a lot. Still good though. I say B Sept. 3 2011
By Tony Heck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
"An angry mind is a narrow mind." Four teenagers who need an outlet begin to train with ex-UFC fighter Case (White). After one of them betrays the group it is up to the other three to get revenge at the "Beatdown." After liking the first one more then I thought I would I was looking forward to this one. While I did like this movie it was more of a remake then a sequel. Instead of the main characters dad dying he leaves his mom. Instead of the trainer getting in a fight with his brother and living alone he has a run in with the law...and lives alone. The main character liking a fellow fighters girl is in this one, along with a line about Kurt Cobain. There really is not much different in this movie, except the fighting is more prefessional. Saying all that though, I did like this movie. Overall, a near replica of the first one. If you liked that one you will like this one. I give it a B.

Would I watch again? - I don't know, mabye.

*Also try - Never Back Down
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too good Dec 27 2011
By Tired Dude - Published on Amazon.com
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Not one who usually bashes movies. But people were right about the plot and character development being weak. The fights were ok not the greatest but pretty good considering it was a low budget movie.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Could not view March 26 2012
By Michael J. Blazina - Published on Amazon.com
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I am not able to review this item because I downloaded it and when I went to watch it I received the message that the content could not be found.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Could've Been Great Sept. 12 2011
By SeanLau99 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Never Back Down 2 is very ambitious with overall believable characters and beautiful fight scenes. The filmmakers made the best of what they had and really tried to make a good film. They just needed more money. Michael Jai White stars with more Blood and Bone swagger as Case Walker, an ex-MMA star with a shaky past. He ends up training 4 MMA hopefuls for the upcoming Beatdown 2 which this time takes place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I definitely noticed the difference and missed the Florida/California scenery from the first film. Max (Evan Peters) returns and is the glue that holds the two films together with his wide-eyed enthusiasm as the Dana White/Vince McMahon behind the new Beatdown. The 4 trainees range from decent to pretty good with their acting abilities. Alex Meraz as Zack plays the flashy pretty boy/mack daddy fighter role to the hilt and Scottie Epstein's Justin morphs very well from comic book nerd into MMA psychopath. Todd Duffee's Tim is the gentle giant you don't want to piss off and Dean Geyer's Mike is believable also as the mildly shy pretty boy with anger-management issues. I didn't really care for the Eve (Jillian Murray) character who came off more like a fighter groupie than a true love interest but how well are female characters developed in most of these movies? As I stated earlier, the fight scenes are beautiful and along with Jai White are my main reasons for buying and recommending this film. Also, Bai Ling, Keith Jardine, Heath Herring and Kimbo Slice aren't in it which is a great thing. MJW's direction compliments returning writer Chris Hauty's story. I just wish there was money involved other than the usual direct to dvd loot. I'm sick of seeing strip clubs, warehouses and vacant lots in MMA flicks. A bigger budget with better locations, an at least WWE or TNA worthy soundtrack, a love interest for Jai White and one who seemed to genuinely care for Geyer would have made this the must buy dvd of 2011. A final slick move by Max pitting Case Walker against Djimon Hounsou in a cameo appearance as Jean Roqua would have been phenomenal. Basically, NBD2 is good but it could've been great. Most of Michael Jai White's starring vehicles are in this category. Hopefully, this is all leading up to an action film where he gets to thoroughly shine with the right amount of money behind him. I'm looking forward to that.
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