Never Back Down Movie Review Summary

Actors: Sean Faris, Djimon Hounsou, Amber Heard

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Jake is a teen with a lot of pent-up anger because of his father's death and gets into mixed martial arts to get revenge on a boy who beat him up. Jake is a rebellious teen who always gets into fights. When he moves to a new town, he encounters an arrogant mixed martial arts bully who challenges him to a fight, Jake loses. He then trains with a Brazilian teacher, Roqua who insists that there'd be no fighting outside the classes and the gym. However, having anger issues, Jake breaks this rule a few times, and even gets exposure on YouTube for his mad fighting skills. As the tension between him and Ryan mounts, Ryan's ex-girlfriend Baja starts dating Jake. Jake is asked to fight Ryan at a major fighting event to which Jake says no to, but when Ryan beats up Jake's friend Max, he changes his mind. At the fight, they reach the semis, but Ryan is disqualified. Jake then opts out of the fight since his main reason for fighting is to pulverize Ryan. However, outside the building, the two go at it viciously, and Ryan is defeated.
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Best part of story, including ending: It shows how violently-crazed teens behave and I find that scary.

Best scene in story: The final fight in the parking lot.

Opinion about the main character: Jake doesn't know how to control himself and to just let things go, otherwise his life would be less complicated.

The review of this Movie prepared by Tina Medina a Level 30 Banded Kingfisher scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Kind of sports story:    -   karate Sports story?    -   Yes Coping with loss of loved one?    -   Yes Coping with loss of    -   Dada

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American Unusual characteristics:    -   Extremely cynical or arrogant


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast Misc setting    -   sports arena

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths What kind of sex:    -   vague references only    -   kissing Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing

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