first trailer for NEVER BACK DOWN 2

tn_neverbackdown2In case you haven’t heard, the not-very-good teen mixed-martial-arts movie NEVER BACK DOWN has a DTV sequel coming out. I have high hopes though because it’s directed by Michael Jai White (who also plays the mentor character in the movie). The choreography is by Larnell Stovall (UNDISPUTED 3, the MORTAL KOMAT web thing, the upcoming UNIVERSAL SOLDIER movie).

Now there’s a trailer if you’re interested…

Looks like it’s connected through the sidekick character and the tournament called “The Beatdown.” And please note that it features one of the UFC guys that Seagal taught The Kick to. I’m sure alot of people would laugh at this trailer, but I can dig this type of macho shit if properly executed, and word is positive from our commenters who saw it at Actionfest 2.

No word on a release date yet.

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12 Responses to “first trailer for NEVER BACK DOWN 2”

  1. Absolutely.

    The first one was unwatchable, but all you have to say is Michael Jai White and I’m in. If it takes a DTV sequel to an established “franchise” to get him up the mountain to doing his badassery for us all, then I say we support him with all our tubby might.

  2. The first one was a carbon copy of Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift, but with martial arts instead of car racing. Djimon Hounsou was good in it but didn’t really do a lot – MJW at least gets to showcase his moves in this one.

  3. Darth Irritable

    May 16th, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I may be one of the few who liked the first for its unapologetic cheesiness and violence. Problem is now that I’ve seen Easy A, I can’t re-watch it without seeing the bad dude as mildly retarded Christian Micah. I wonder if you can get chlamydia from those fights. The insult of not only losing to a triangle choke, but getting the clap from it too, would be a bit on the nose.

  4. Ace Mac Ashbrook

    May 16th, 2011 at 11:31 am

    The first one was dog shit, like 90210 with a few alright scraps. I’m still gonna watch this just for MJW.

  5. I don’t understand why studios don’t just let guys like Michael Jai White and Isaac Florentine direct the first installment of these films instead of the always superior DTV sequels that would probably make the first one money if they were done right the first time.

  6. I know, Sternshein. I’ve always been utterly baffled by the marketing idiots running the DTV industry. I think it’s a case of having no idea what they actually have or who their audience really is or even what they want from these films.

  7. The trailer alone doesn’t do enough to see it to me. Action looks good, but the story looks a bit cheesy and “bro”-tastic to me. But I trust the opinions of my brethren here, and I have actually liked the MORTAL KOMBAT stuff. It’s interesting that they havea different feel for each storyline and the Johnny Cage one was a nice update to the character obviously taken from real life examples of action stars of today, plus it was funny they reference STEVEN SEGAL: LAWMAN. Though hang on…why wasn’t HE invited to the tournament? His movies actually have some pretty good Fatalities he could draw from, though there doesn’t seem to be any glass windows in outworld for him to throw someone through.

  8. ^SEAGAL, sorry

  9. Lemme see… trailer starts off with a dozen or so quick clips of MMA-style fights. I’m thinking “Ok, this could be cool.”

    Then a whiny-voiced slightly more rugged version of Michael Cera appears and says, during a dramatic silence: “You wanna be the best? You gotta beat the best!” And it all falls apart.

    When the four guys were standing around together in the mid-section, I was thinking: “The Backstreet Boys have a new opening band.”

    Fuck me, I hope I’m wrong, but this looks like one of those films where literally the only reedeeming quality to it will be the action direction. I hope the trailer doesn’t adequately reflect the tone of the movie, because this one looks like a complete turkey.

  10. Most fighting tournament based movies generally don’t have much in the way of stories. Or, in reality, much in the way of fight choreography. It’s only recently that the tournament movie finally got good fights in them. I mean, I love Bloodsport but the fights really don’t hold up very well at all compared to what they could have done with them. I’m not even talking about in relation to now but in relation to what they were doing in Asia.

  11. Henry Swanson's my name

    May 17th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    “Four fighters…

    …with four reasons to fight.

    Will be trained…

    …by a champion…

    …with a paaaaaast.”

    We all technically have ‘pasts’ and they don’t automatically make us a badass. I think they needed to throw a ‘dark’ in there somewhere.

    “One man… with a past… in making balloon-animal-shapes… ”

    I fucking love the Undisputeds and Blood & Bone, but this looks dull and uninspired.

  12. Hey Vern, long-time Irish reader (of the sight and the books) but for some reason only registered the other day. I owe you a lot in terms of my badass film studies. I wouldn’t have seen BOTB2, The Limey, Blood and Bone, Black Dynamite, Dolemite and others if it wasn’t for you recommendations.

    I’m wondering if you’ve any info on the MJW flick “3 Bullets” (I’m almost sure it’s the title) that he’d written and planned to star and direct. Apparently there was a short flick made of it he wanted to expand. It sounded juicy, the man is turning out to be a true unsung hero in action cinema.

    Also, if you haven’t already you should check out the Budd Boetticher/Randolph Scott cycle of westerns like “7 Men From Now”. They include great performances from the likes of Lee Marvin and a young Coburn, and would be right up your alley.

    Sorry for the length of the message, it’s my first time getting to throw a line to the biggest influence on my movies outside of a director, actor or writer themselves…..

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