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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2009
Format: DVD
I saw this fight flick on Showtime and had to add it to my library.
Chad Ortis "Mike Dublin" should become an A-Lister - he's a very good actor. He times throw-aways well and was a convincing sleazoid manager.
Rebecca Neunswander is captivating in her role as the fighter and she's also a very good actress. Ortis and Neunswander should do more films together - there was some great chemistry.
Despite all it's violence and blood gore, there's something about this movie that wins you over. Perhaps it's the great dialog between the characters? Kudos to writer Ian Schorr for excellent screenwriting.
(Disclaimer: I do not know any of these people. I was simply impressed that they created a fight flick that was actually interesting to watch, was well-written and acted -- and it stayed clear of the all-too typical fight movie cliches.)
Go "Speedy"! ;)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2011
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Slyly Starts Off As A Typical B-Action Movie, Morphing Into A Poignant Character Study Of Two Lost People Trying To Find Their Way. I Actually Enjoyed This MUCH More Than The Highly Celebrated Female-Fighter-With-A-Twist Movie, "Million Dollar Baby".

With All Due Respect To Hilary Swank's Buff-Looking Boxer, Former Martial Arts Champ Rebecca Neunswander is NOT Only The More Credible Fighter, Convincingly Taking Out Most Of Her Rivals With Skill And Quickness As Much As With Strategy; But Along With Chad Otis As The Opportunistic Promoter Michael Dublin, Gives A Top-Notch Performance As Drifter Katherine Parker, A Refreshing Rarity From The Mostly Wooden, Martial Artist-Turned-Action-Heroes That Are Usually Cast In These Films.

Even With The Different Direction That Editor/Producer/Director Johnathan Dillon Takes With This Film, It Has Enough, Excitingly Staged Fight Scenes Throughout To Please The Average Action Movie Fan; And It's An An Absolute SHAME That A Major Studio Didn't Pick Up This
Film And Give It The Push It TRULY Deserved.

To ANY Studio Exec Reading This Review, Take A Look At This Film, The Two Leads, And The Producer/Director At The Helm, And Get A Deal Going With ALL Three; A Goldmine Awaits!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
Chad Ortis played Michael Dublin, an unlikable cocky Tom Cruise wanna-be. He is a hustler and illegal fight promoter or fight rigger. He happens on Katherine Parker (Rebecca Neuenswander), a woman who can beat any man in the ring. She reluctantly teams up with Dublin as they travel cross country. As it so happens he is not the best or brightest. His character remains unlikeable as we pity the poor girl who is stuck with him. In Florida both their pasts catch up with them as they go into the final climax match.

What I thought was odd is that they went to great lengths to make Kathrine Parker look like she has been ugly beaten in the face, while she had a full set of straight white teeth. Dublin healed rather quickly from his beatings, apparently because they were using all the black and blue make-up on Katherine. The movie starts out with a first person narration by Dublin in a seedy motel room, then flashes back a month to start the movie. What I don't recall is that at no point did they return to that scene. That is proper movie etiquette.

This movie was originally released under the title "Rigged." Brief nudity.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on June 29, 2009
Format: DVD
WOW! I really didn't know what to expect from this movie but was blown away at by how good it was. It is very entertaining and the actors/actresses were excellent. It had alot of violence (boxing of course) but also had some good action, drama and touching moments. It kept my attention the whole time and I was cheering for Kathryn Parker, the female fighter. I hope the writer and director makes alot more movies! Oh and the reviewer that gave it one star and said he'd give it zero....well you know there's always one in a bunch. Oh well.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2010
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
If you like the premise of a film about aspiring female fighters and were disappointed with Clint Eastwood's overly morbid Oscar winner on the subject, then please give this film a try. It is excellent by any measure. The star, Rebecca Neunswander, is a combination of strong, independent, but also vulnerable and soft(at times) that some men seek all their lives. The male lead was excellent, doing a "film noire" job of running a two-bit boxing promotion business while being penniless. The film plays with our emotions, as all great films do, but provides a "payoff" at the end which I won't spoil for you. I purchased the film with no expectations at all; the entire cast was unknown to me. Having seen it, I am very glad to have bought it and wonder just what DOES constitute a hit movie and a "star", as this film and its major players both deserved higher station in the Hollywood pantheon.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2009
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
Picked this one up because of the cover art and didn't expect a lot. I was pleasantly surprised all around.

The movie tells the tale of two very different people and the personal redemption they both eventually find while on the bare knuckle fight circuit.

Chad Ortis does an excellent job as Michael Dublin, an amoral fight promoter who's only looking out for himself.

Rebecca Neuenswander is outstanding as a very feisty Katherine Parker. She's got a bad attitude and something to prove. I really got invested in her character and the inner drive that motivated her to fight.

If you're looking for a "real" fight, then rent a MMA dvd. If you want to be entertained for an hour and half, give this one a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2010
Format: DVDVerified Purchase
I enjoyed this movie.

It was not Hollywood-style, and its characters were real -
with the possible exception of the fighter holding her own
against much larger male fighters.

If you liked this movie and 'Bend it like Beckham', I
recommend the movie Fighter - which is sort of a mix of
those two movies.
Fighter - Starring Molly Blixt Egelind, Cyron Bjørn Melville, et al.
(DVD - 2009).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant VideoVerified Purchase
Excellent screen writing and fight scenes. Great ending. I had a problem that it was not broadcast in widescreen format.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format: DVD
"Fight Night" (more aptly known as "Rigged") is well-produced but essentially flawed independent flick that's picked up a few awards and introduced the world to a potential new action heroine in Rebecca Neuenswander. I wouldn't mind seeing more work from her or even director John Dillon, but if they're going to do a dramatic action flick again, they'd need to focus more on and polish their presentation of the action portions.

The story: an independent promoter of underground boxing (Chad Ortis) finds an unlikely charge in a woman capable of beating all male opponents (Neuenswander). As they rise through the ranks, the stakes are raised to dangerous levels...

The theory Chad Ortis' character operates under is "fight rigging in reverse:" he finds a fighter who nobody will bet on but who'll have no problem beating down the competition. This character is aptly cast in Rebecca Neuenswander, a real-life world champion in tae kwon and a competent actress who really looks like she could knock you on your butt. It's never sufficiently explored what makes her such a great fighter, but I'd still like to see both Neuenswander and this character in more movies. This, despite the fight content not being all that great. These are boxing matches, not martial arts or MMA fights, which kind of limits the choreography by default but the real killers here are a lack of back-and-forth action (most of the fights are quick and one-sided) and the age-old issue of claustrophobic camerawork.

The film is produced fairly well, with moody lighting and decent cinematography. It's also got a decent scope for a movie of its size, going from two cities to a country setting believably and without a hitch. Acting-wise, the film is also passable...for the most part. Nobody underperforms but there are a couple of instances wherein a stronger performance could have made for a more memorable character, such as the antagonistic promoter and Rebecca's final opponent (Kurt Hanover, American Maniacs). Additionally, there's an ongoing and ultimately uncomfortable tangent in the film about Chad Ortis teasing Rebecca about her supposed lesbianism - it just gets creepy after a while.

If redone, the movie could potentially be a combination of Million Dollar Baby and Lionheart. It's not bad as it is, but could definitely have been better, both as an action film and as a sports drama. Check it out if it sounds like your kind of flick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 30, 2012
Format: DVD
I stumbled upon this on streaming video and was taken with it. A nice spin on fight movies with an actual plot, some fine acting, and action. What's not to like?
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