Run time: 109 min
Genres: Action | Drama | Sport
Director: Warren P. Sonoda
Writers: Hector Echavarria, Brad Bode
Stars: Hector Echavarria, Steven Yaffee, Nicholas Campbell
The best fighter in the world works two jobs. The only problem… he doesn’t know he’s the best. Ringo Duran, the son of Gracie Duran, a famous Argentinian kick boxer, works two jobs to make ends meet. His passion, full contact fighting. His goal, fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a professional fighter. Ringo has put off attempts at a professional career for so long he has nearly succumbed to age. When the Maximum Cage Warrior(MCW) league, the preeminent full contact fighting promoters, announce a competition to select the best undiscovered fighter, Ringo’s friends urge him to join. Ringo, once again, claims he is not ready. Even KARA, Ringo’s love interest, pushes him to join, but Ringo resists. Will he fulfill his life long dream and continue his mothers legacy? Will he be the best fighter in the world? Written by Brad Bode & hector Echavarria & Dan
|Plot Keywords: bare breasts, female full frontal nudity, vagina spreading, labia, leg spreading|
Country: USA, Canada
Release Date: 24 May 2010 (UK)
If no one here has heard of this film, I don't blame you. It's a direct to DVD flick that scrapes the bottom of the barrel. There is not one shred of originality in this crap and it's sad. Why is it sad? Why did I watch it? These questions can be answered with these three words. I'm In It.
Oh sweet Matt, you're in this movie? Yes I am, but don't go out rushing to rent or buy this film. First of all, it's not worth the price tag and second, I'm only an extra in the background of the main fight. You see me when you see a cut away to the crowd. If you didn't know me, you wouldn't notice. If I were to point myself out to you, you'd see me in glimpses here and there because of my white shirt and sunglasses on my head.
I would honestly rather tell you about my time there than try to review this film. So I will. It was shot in my hometown, we got free pizza and a t-shirt that we were suppose to return and no, we did not get paid. I would honestly point you to view the trailer before I ever say see the film because I'm in the trailer too. I
So the film, yeah, unrivaled. It's crap. The director's other film that I have seen Ham & Cheese, is barely watchable as well. That film only got noticed because of the comedians attached. This one has UFC fighters, who cannot act for the life of them. The lead male and the lead bad guy are the two stand outs who should stick to being beaten in the head rather than mugging for the camera.
Pointless nudity in the first 20 minutes, left right and centre. For what purpose? Who knows. He works at a strip club. The guy owes money to some dangerous guys, wow, original there. He can't pay and is threatened. Boom, time for opportunity to come up. The champ is giving an unknown fighter the chance to be discovered. Is it his time to rise up and silence all the nay-sayers? Can a nobody defeat a somebody? Have I seen this film before, but with boxing? Unrivaled is a poor mash-up of Rocky and The Wrestler.
The script is amateur, as is everything else that accompanies this film. The film looks like a music video, so it's not all cheap. There are some nice cinematography spots, but as a whole the film never leaps out at you. The best feature this film has going for it is the soundtrack, which is surprisingly good. Yet there is the problem, I don't go to movies to listen to music.
I watched this today with no expectations since I hadn't heard of it before. I wanted to like it because I like MMA and it had some fighters I like in it. Surprisingly the MMA fighters were better actors then the main character Ringo. The writing and cinematography were better then expected. I just wish Ringo was even remotely likable. The actor didn't show any emotion at any point during the movie. In an underdog movie you need an actor that people want to see win, but all I was hoping is he'd be killed during the final fight scene.
If you're going to have nudity in a strip club scene why would it be in soft focus? What were you thinking?
I can't remember if I've ever written a review for IMDb but here goes.
I couldn't hold myself back from this one. Probably because I'm a big MMA fan (UFC, Pride, WEC, K1 etc). This movie does absolutely nothing for any fans of MMA except insult your intelligence. That's right.
It tries to be the Rocky/No Retreat, No Surrender movie for MMA fans with Duran being the the main character. A washed up fighter who's as old as Ken Shamrock but only offering about 5% of Shamrocks ability. Scary!
I'm not even going to name the UFC fighters who star in this as they've all lost my respect for the dismal performances & the crappy choreography in the cage. Everything they've worked hard for has been made a mockery of.
If you like lots of naked chicks in strip bars mixed with horrific (meaning unrealistic) fight scenes then this movie is for you.
If you are an aspiring MMA fan/fighter I urge you not to see this movie as it's insulting & embarrassing.
Rent out Blood Sport from (1988) or Kickboxer (1989) starring Jean- Claude Van Damme if you're looking for a Martial Arts tournament type good versus bad movie. At least it has some decent techniques & camera work. I'm serious, well compared to this effort 20 years later.
If you are looking for spectacular Martial Arts with tournament & street fighting then look no further than Ong Bak starring Tony Jaa. The Warrior King is also spectacular. A little bit fantasy may be but not as bad as this tripe! Another great recent release is Merantau Warrior, right up there with Ong Bak using Silat instead of Muay Thai.
This can't really be described as a movie, it's more a collection of music videos with terrible acting, fairly average fight scenes and stupid amounts of female nudity.
The storyline is the standard underdog story and, although it's not very original, it could of made a half decent sports movie if the acting was better. The main thing which annoyed me was the terrible direction, apparently the director began in music videos and it really does show; heavy rock songs have to play out from start to finish even if it means six minutes of watching a naked woman gyrate. Don't get me wrong, I'm a teenage boy and I'm usually up for a bit of nudity but at least make it relevant to the storyline rather just trying to stretch the running time.
The cinematography really ticked me off, in most films all the scenes are recognizably from the same movie, in this the look of the film is constantly changing and it doesn't work. One minute one minute you're watching a stylized fight scene, the next you're watching a brightly lit daylight scene with fast shaky cam action, where's the consistency?
This film was obviously made on a small budget (it's often obvious the fighting's being filmed in a cage surrounded by an audience of 8 people) so why waste time and money doing 360 swivels round buildings etc…
Don't even bother watching this, the fight fight scenes are less than average, if you want to see a good low-budget fighting movie watch "Blood and Bone"!