The original Kickboxer is one of the best classical fighting movies of
all time, this on the other hand is a disgrace. I was really looking
forward to seeing this, with the likes of Van Damme and Dave Batista.
The film starts out actually very well, with some good fight scenes, however as the film progresses, it becomes a complete mess. With dreadful dialogue. There were many scenes, mainly which included any romance, were poorly acted, written and executed. They were unbearably cheesy. The directing in this movie is also bad, with a lot of shaky cam, and over the top scenes. One of the worst parts of this movie, is by far the fight scene which involved elephants. Not only was the CGI on them the worst in history of a film released after 2000, but the scene seemed forced and unnecessary.
Like most martial arts film, this film sufferers from, good looks. They cast the most attractive actor/actress they can find, who can't act worth a damn, and throw them into a film. The original film had great characters, these are cardboard cutouts.
There are only two things this film has going for it, one of them in the cinematography. Mateo Londono the person behind this, is way out of this film's league, his shots are beautiful, with some stunning lighting effects and unique angles.
The other is obviously Van Damme, he is very good here, maybe a little too good. Van has never been the best actor, but he outshines everyone here, which says something. However his character was not that great. In the original, the Master was a quiet, well mannered, wise and powerful teacher, Van Damme he is none of those. Yes he has some kickass fight scenes, but when he is mentoring, he has none of the wisdom the previous one had.
This film is gunk, and I would suggest no person to watch this, unless you are drunk and out of your 'Damme' mind. It is a poorly shot, acted, written and executed mess, with dreadful dialogue, poor characters, awful editing and horrific CGI.
Eric and Kurt Sloane are the descendants of a well-known Venice, California-based family of martial artists. Kurt has always been in older brother, Eric's shadow, as he lacks the instincts needed to become a champion. Against Kurt's concerns, Eric accepts a paid offer and travels to Thailand to challenge the Muay Thai champion Tong Po and fails with dire consequences. Kurt sets out for revenge. He trains with his brother's mentor, Durand, for a Muay Thai fight against the merciless champion, Tong Po. Durand first thinks Kurt is impossible to train, but through a series of spiritual exercises and tests, Durand discovers that Kurt has a deeper strength that will carry him through his final showdown with Tong Po.
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