Never back down is a 2008 martial arts action movie written and directed by Jeff Wadlow. This movie is about a cantankerous school student and how his life altered by learning sports. Sean Faris acts as Jake who is the protagonist of the movie. He is an American actor, model and producer. Amber Heard plays heroine namely Baja Miller and Dimon Hounsou appears as one of the martial arts teachers. Cam Gigandet plays the role of grudgeful character Ryan Mccarthy.
Coming to the story, One day in college, Jake (protagonist) becomes weird at the ground while playing. He gets provoked and tends to fight with his peer group resulting in getting suspended. Saddened and compelled by the happenings, his family shifts to another town and Jack joins another School. He feels uncomfortable about the new school and most of the time he is alone. One fine day evening, when Jack was heading back home, all of a sudden he notices a group of martial arts students leaving an impression in him.
The next day students of his college get a video of Jack’s fight in the playground where he studied earlier. As the video went viral within the College, Jack develops fame and everybody comes to know about him. Later, Jake goes to a party where he is unwillingly pulled into a fight with the MMA champion at the school, Ryan McCarthy. He gets defeated in front of everyone and later compelled to stay at his home and take rest. His friend Max Looperman then gives him the idea of learning mixed martial arts. He introduces Jake to a good martial arts teacher too. He was advised to suppress his anger and stay calm. His anger must be controlled and utilized for the sake of aggressive appearance during fights. This makes a mesmerising change in him.
The martial arts in the movie is combined with boxing skills. It poses more depth in emotional scenes. The reason this movie sticks to me so much is because it is capable of motivating us. We sometimes need a push to go through hard times and this movie is what I prefer. Never Back Down can motivate us to do a new level of competitive training every time. The editing of the movie needs to be appreciated. It is characterized by giving a fast pace cuts for action sequences and lengthy shots for setting emotional backdrop. For an action movie, the skills of actors to perform are inevitable. But what more significant is the skill of the director and technical team to present it. This is where Never Back Down wins.
The film poses a happy ending leaving days devoid of problems. The film is a feast for action lovers. It communicates with us that even terrible nature and misdeeds in one will get alchemized to goodness if we have the right one to teach us. A good teacher is entitled to discover goodness in his students. Mentor led Jake to figure out that his anger can be used in martial arts to appear stronger and aggressive.