Never Back Down

  • Directors: Jeff Wadlow
  • Producers: David Zelon, Bill Bannerman, Craig Baumgarten
  • Writers: Chris Hauty
  • Genres: Action, Drama, Sport
  • Actors: Sean Faris, Djimon Hounsou, Amber Heard, Cam Gigandet, Evan Peters

Jake Tyler (Sean Faris) and his high-school football team win an important game. A disgruntled opposing player makes taunts about Jake’s father, who was killed because Jake let his father drive intoxicated and failed to stop him. Infamously-hot-tempered Jake starts a brawl with the opposing player. Spectators capture the brawl with mobile phones and video-cameras. Soon, the brawl is uploaded to YouTube.

Jake gets thrown off the team for fighting, but takes it in stride because he is leaving this school anyway. He and his younger brother Charlie (Wyatt Henry Smith) are moving with their widowed mom to Orlando, Florida where Charlie has received a tennis scholarship. The Tyler brothers are close despite Jake’s penchant for fighting and getting into trouble, which greatly upsets their mom (Leslie Hope).

At his new school, Jake has a hard time fitting in. He catches the eye of Baja Miller (Amber Heard), when he rescues her in class by correctly answering the question of “What the pictures on Achilles Shield meant.” Later, Jake notices fellow student Max Cooperman (Evan Peters) getting beaten up on campus. Jake rushes to Max’s aid, only to discover that the “bullying” he disrupted was actually a street-kickboxing match. Everybody present, including Max, demands that the astonished Jake leave.

Jake has won the respect of all his fellow students, up to and including Ryan. For the first time in a long while, Roqua closes the gym and goes to visit his family and friends in Brazil.

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