Double Feature Saturday: Never Back Down and Chocolate Trailers
Over the last week I stumbled across two pretty interesting trailers. The one thing they both have in common is they both feature some awesome fighting and martial arts, but other than that, they're entirely different. The first one is Never Back Down, a mainstream American film about underground fighting and mixed martial arts that looks like You Got Served but with fights. The second one is Chocolate, the latest Thai martial arts movie from Ong Bak and The Protector director Prachya Pinkaew (think Tony Jaa), about a female martial artist. Both are worth watching no matter where you're from, so check ’em out.
Up first is Never Back Down, which stars Sean Faris, Djimon Hounsou, and hottie Amber Heard. The movie is directed by Jeff Wadlow, of 2005's Cry_Wolf. It's currently set to arrive in theaters on March 14th from Summit Entertainment.
Up second is Chocolate, which stars newcomer Nicharee "Jeeja" Vismistananda. As Twitch describes, "Jeeja may look sweet and innocent but when trouble comes knocking at her door, she can be deadly like a bat out of hell." The film is co-written and directed by Prachya Pinkaew, of Tony Jaa's Ong Bak and The Protector previously. As of this moment, Chocolate is only set to open in Thailand on February 7th.
Both of these look pretty good and although I'm certain neither will hit it big, that's why I wanted to share them today. These kinds of movies have a place in the world and can be enjoyed even if they're not brilliant. I'll do my best to bring you all more obscure, fun trailers in the future.
Reader Feedback - 12 Comments
Never Back Down looks so bad. I'm guessing the makers of it are targeting your typical male teenager who thinks fast cars and fighting make you more of a man.
Nick O. on Jan 12, 2008
JFC!!! what a manure pile. if this thing makes money, I know what I am going to do for a living now. make bullshit movies and sell them to the 9 to 13 year old crowd. I will be a zillionaire by 2010.
cornholio_by_the_sea on Jan 12, 2008
I'm a fan of UFC so I like mixed martial arts, so even if Never Back Down has awful acting and writing and whatnot, if the fight scenes are entertaining and believable, then I'll enjoy it. As for Chocolate, looks awesome. I really like how the main character is a girl and doesn't have that "Girl power!" attitude. Looks like she does her own stunts too, which is a definite plus in my book.
Deh-yo on Jan 12, 2008
LOL at Never Back Down! Seriously, who are the people that ok these kind of movies?! White suburban kids fighting in some MTV styled underground fight club... rightttttttttttt.
PG on Jan 13, 2008
i cant wait to see Never back down... i THink it looks good and im not the 13 years old crowd but still... I liked blood sport too so 😛 . . . .
Gnats255 on Jan 13, 2008
I liked Never Back Down better when it was called Karate Kid.
ROy on Jan 13, 2008
I agree with Roy^^^^^^^^^ gimme Cobra Kai any day of the week over this mess. Chocolate, however, looks rather intriguing. Asians do fighting movies better than anyone else.
Mike on Jan 17, 2008
Never Back Down looks jus plain out sick people jus hating cuz they can't do what they do oh well suk it up B****
danny on Jan 24, 2008
danny, dude, you're gay... for real.
blake on Feb 5, 2008
As a gay guy I would say I want to see Never Back Down, if it were an adult film and available on porn sites. Some hot guys in there. Too bad it's supposed to be a movie. Lots of young, teenagers will see this movie unfortunately. The same audience that gives us movie titans like "Snakes on a plane". I'm fine with them making these kinds of movies, because I go to Rottentomatoes.com and see what movie is worth when you combine everyones rating. That usually saves me from having to watch the trash. So, if anyone see's never back down, let me know if there is any nudity. Trying to get the kid/teen and family/parent audience is kinda killing movies in general.
robert on Mar 21, 2008
Never Back Down was an absolutely awful film, especially to those of us in the mma world. The fighting was awful and poorly choreographed, and coming from a studio that practices DanZanRyu jiujitsu, Brazilian jujitsu, mma, and capoeira...this was practically insulting to those truly involved in the sport. Just about anyone off the street could be taught the choreography from that movie in a very short span of time. The moves were sloppy, and thus meaningless in their implementation, and all of the basics were completely ignored. Anyone can do what they did in the movie, truly one of the most disappointing movies in a long time.
Daniel R on Jan 21, 2009
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