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The story: The world's top fighter (Echavarria, Unrivaled) is lured into a lucrative fighting tournament, only to discover the sadistic nature of its promoter (Patrick Kilpatrick, Death Warrant).
Starting with this film, ol' Hector became the premier supplier of direct-to-video MMA action yarns for several years. While the half-dozen or so features of this sort that he's made haven't resonated with viewers, this one feels like the very worst. There are the old shortcomings - bad fight scenes, goofy acting, and an illogical story - but what will probably ruin it for most people is the ceaseless celebration of Echavarria's persona. He is the idealized hero in overdrive, a "Marty Stu" if ever there was one, whose only flaws (as a fighter, lover, and all-around great guy) are that he's too trusting of random opportunities and can't be in more than one place at the same time.Read more ›
In all honesty, if you "must" see an MMA, see Never Back Down.
"Never Surrender" should instead have been called "Never Direct This Crapfest"
Big name MMA fighters head the front of the cover, but the main actor is Hector Echavarria. And if you haven't noticed yet, he's also the Director, Producer, and Writer. Now that's a really big mistake in my book.
This movie was enjoyable for me. Even though the fight scenes were a real disappointment. No realism. Everything was so fake. Their movements were so slow. It was plan laughable. Basically, I was saying WTF, after the first few minutes. But then I cleared my mind, trying to be open minded, thinking that this was only a movie. And that I was watching a bad acting softcore porn movie with some underground fight scenes in it. That's when I started to enjoy the movie.
So beware before buying or renting this movie.
The acting is awful, the main character is so wooden and terrible at delivering his lines you want to punch him in the face. And you know you'd get away with it because the fighting in this movie is pitifully terrible. The UFC and mma fighters in this should be ashamed of themselves for not telling the director what an awful film he was making. Hell, Rampage just shows up for a fight outside a bar, then leaves, WTF??? In no way shape or form does the fighting in this represent what MMA really is! It's just a bad story about underground fighting, but there's lots of sex, cause you know, that's what MMA is right? Sex and fighting? It's so bad, there's even a sex/fighting montage (if you find that erotic, get your head examined).
DO NOT WATCH THIS MOVIE, IT IS SO BAD IT WILL ACTUALLY LOWER YOUR INTELLIGENCE
In conclusion, don't buy this movie. Go watch Red Belt or Never Back Down if you want a good MMA movie.
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With all the badly-acting MMA superstars you could want (although Heath Herring actually does have talent, believe it or not! Read morePublished on September 16, 2013 by Mr. Barefoot
It was a very good movie I like the actor Gunter But I did not like the way he got his butt handed to him he could have beaten that guyPublished on April 29, 2013 by Shannon Amo
it was ok not everything i expected. i would buy again if i'd never seen it. i liked the movie all in all. it satisfied my curiosity.thanks so much amazon.Published on August 19, 2012 by Dianne Bennett
this seriously has to be one of the worst movies ive ever seen! thats about an hour and a half of my life i'll never get back! Read morePublished on October 10, 2009 by Douglas A. Dearborn
HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE. I love watching the ufc, and after seeing all the fighters on the cover, i BOUGHT (please i beg forgivness) this movie. Read morePublished on August 31, 2009 by Amazon Customer
don't buy this movie it souds like the perfect movie but its far from it dont waste your time or money just go rent never back down no matter how many times you've seen it it's... Read morePublished on August 28, 2009 by patrick_gale12
I think this film has Oscar potential, sex and fighting, just what every movie needs. I watched this movie 6 times in a row, I just could't get enough awesomeness !!! Read morePublished on May 31, 2009 by Ryan Parvatikar