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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars KUDOS TO US ALL
Samuel L. Jackson runs an illegal Internet site that has live "to the death" arena style fighting (with servers in Hong Kong, Iceland, and Dubai). Meanwhile a ex-Marine corpsman soccer player named David (Kellan Lutz) loses his pregnant wife in an auto accident. David is suicidal and takes to heavy drinking. He is captured by a seductress Nina Dobrev (nudity) and is...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Its better than I expected
If you're a fan of the game Tekken then this is for you. A criminal mastermind runs a fight to the death series of games on pay to view via the internet. Every fight has a theme and is staged in front of a green screen computer generated background and the loser dies. Its not original but it diesn't suffer from the low budget and if you want to watch vicious fights...
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by PJ Rankine


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3.0 out of 5 stars Its better than I expected, 20 Oct 2011
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PJ Rankine (Wallington, Surrey United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Arena [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
If you're a fan of the game Tekken then this is for you. A criminal mastermind runs a fight to the death series of games on pay to view via the internet. Every fight has a theme and is staged in front of a green screen computer generated background and the loser dies. Its not original but it diesn't suffer from the low budget and if you want to watch vicious fights then it fits the bill. There's even a story of sorts. Bit of laugh including Nina Dobrev in the casting though, she dies in the first scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars KUDOS TO US ALL, 31 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Arena [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Samuel L. Jackson runs an illegal Internet site that has live "to the death" arena style fighting (with servers in Hong Kong, Iceland, and Dubai). Meanwhile a ex-Marine corpsman soccer player named David (Kellan Lutz) loses his pregnant wife in an auto accident. David is suicidal and takes to heavy drinking. He is captured by a seductress Nina Dobrev (nudity) and is forced into the arena.

David is rolled around like Hannibal Lechter when not fighting. Samuel L. Jackson appears to relish his role adding character to a grindhouse film. Plenty of blood. Good killer sound track. Even has a few twists. Cult possibility.

F-bomb, sex, nudity. 5 stars on a grindhouse scale.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Standard B-movie, plus Samuel L Jackson, 12 April 2012
This review is from: Arena [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Some guy (who cares - he's the hero) gets abducted by one of those sinister organisations who stage online fights to the death to amuse the masses when X-Factor isn't on telly. He has to fight for his freedom, or escape, or do something like that.

Let's face it, the only reason this got made is because Samuel L Jackson is in it. By and large, the acting is terrible from everyone - even the man himself. He's okay, but he could act his way through this with his eyes closed. Although why he chose to do this film while he is still being offered projects like The Avengers in anyone's guess!

The fight scenes aren't bad. They have added `cool' effect to them thanks to some trendy slow-mo, but the story (and I use the word `story' in its loosest possible terms) is predictable and riddled with cliches (and `twists' you can see coming a mile off). However, despite all this, the film isn't totally unwatchable.

For some reason it's not that bad. If you don't mind your films pretty dumbed down and badly acted then get a couple of beers in plus an extra large bucket of popcorn, put your mind on hold and watch the (CGI) blood flow.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The rules are simple, Play or be Played, 24 Oct 2014
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David Lord finds himself forced into the savage world of a modern gladiatorial arena, where men fight to the death for the entertainment of the online masses.

Well directed, simple storyline, some decent acting, good cgi, some decent fights but could have shown more of them.

overall a decent action film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 12 July 2014
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3.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 15 April 2014
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Surprisingly good film, especially for kellan lutz fans. An action movie that won't win awards but is a good old popcorn movie for a Friday night
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2.0 out of 5 stars Arena review, 23 Feb 2014
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This bluray title was a disappointment quality was ok for bluray and the whole presentation
seem to lack story and interest audio was good.
Just wasn't what I expected.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good, 22 Feb 2014
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This review is from: Arena [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Wasn't expecting much from it but i thoroughly enjoyed the film to be honest, obviously it was predictable but it's still worth a watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great, 7 Jan 2014
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great film kellan lutz is awesome, film seemed to end quickly rthough would have liked it to be on longer :) but worth buying
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2.0 out of 5 stars crapp!!!!!!!!, 30 Aug 2013
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was brill starting off at start u think its gona be
good film but just goes down hill from there
no need for twist at end.

and defo not martial arts film more like boxing vs saw
more gore than anything else

budget film buget watch.
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