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Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown (2011)

Michael Jai White , Evan Peters  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Jai White, Evan Peters
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0056NEK1G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Commentary with Director Michael Jai White, Todd Duffee and Scottie Epstein
Deleted Scenes

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When an enterprising college student (Evan Peters, the only link to the first Never Back Down) organizes an underground, pay-per-view fighting tournament, he needs a key ingredient: competitors. And so gathers the buff, seemingly steroid-friendly crew of Never Back Down 2: The Beatdown, a collection of muscled misfits with something to prove. There's Mike (Dean Geyer), who's angry about his father leaving the family for another dude; ladies' man Zack (Alex Meraz); screw-loose psycho Justin (Scottie Epstein); and hulking Tim (Todd Duffee), whose mother is forced to wait tables at a strip club to make ends meet. They all train under the Buddha-like gaze of Case (Michael Jai White), an ex-con with a free-floating gym for Mixed Martial Arts instruction. You can almost hear the heavy-metal training montages screaming into view, and sure enough, The Beatdown leans heavily on such staples of the genre. The storytelling may be one cliché after another, but give White (he also directed) some credit: at least the movie has some energy, and a few funny moments scattered along the way. And, of course, when the beatdown arrives, there's no stinting on the bone-crunching cage fighting. Pretty enjoyable if your tastes run to such things, The Beatdown is actually something of an improvement over the first Never Back Down--a minor surprise in the straight-to-DVD world. --Robert Horton

Product Description

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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars overcoming obligatory on-screen obstacles September 19, 2011
By Mantis
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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"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
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not too good December 27, 2011
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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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Could not view March 26, 2012
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good But Could've Been Great September 12, 2011
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. Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie September 18, 2011
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Good movie, wanted a little more out of it. I expected to see more ring action an was kinda let down by that. overall was a good movie though
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So I liked the first movie I thought I'd give the second a try. It was so bad the actors were not even second rate. The few good actors are brought down by the bad ones. One actor wears a wig for the first half but it's supposed to be real until he shaves it. The story line is just everywhere. There's only one original character. The story sucks so much they have to throw in T&A in every other scene to try and keep an audience but it was just horrible.

The only decent scenes were the few fight scenes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
this is a very inspirational movie I would highly recommend this to all ages. I can watch it over and over
Published 4 months ago by Samantha
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent fighting movie
The lines and dialogue in this movie could definitely have been improved, but nonetheless, it is a decent fighting movie. If you liked the first one, you may like this one. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kyle F
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted
Perfect movie. I loved the first movie and when I found out that there was a second one, I could not help but buy it!
Published 6 months ago by Jonathan Childress
5.0 out of 5 stars Very cool!
I was surprised seeing Max Cooperman in the 2nd movie. I know they have different people & different characters but I never knew they were gonna have that one kid from 1st movie to... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dustin F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie!
Love the action in the movie and needed to increase my DVD collection! Nothing like some good martial arts to make the day go by!
Published 11 months ago by 05on20s
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy Martial Arts
This is really a eye opener and I mean in a good way.Thank-you for the Martial Art movie. And I thank-you again.
Published 13 months ago by Anthony J. Bottjen
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
There are not even words for how bad this movie is. I really wanted to like it because of the previous movie of the series but the amount of nudity in this movie and lack of any... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Arty Girl
5.0 out of 5 stars MICHAEL'S BEATDOWN
The part 2 of NEVER BACK DOWN 2 THE BEATDOWN is the best starring Michael Jai White as the director and actor. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ricky norris
1.0 out of 5 stars "BEATDOWN FOR THE BEATDOWN"
I'm a raving & true martial arts fan. I'm a fan of Mike as well. This movie just doesn't cut it & should have been cut. Read more
Published 16 months ago by JAR
3.0 out of 5 stars A Very Lukewarm Beat Down
The plot is somewhat cliched. The acting is not as good as the first Beat Down movie with Sean Faris. The interaction among the characters is almost non existent. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rick Emerson
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