Kickboxer: Vengeance Blu-ray Review
“Kickboxer: Vengeance” is another lousy remake.
In this remake to the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme action film, the story revolves around a man named Kurt who is looking to get revenge against Master Tong Po who killed his brother (Eric) in an illegal underground fight in Thailand. Needing to hone his skills, Kurt trains with his brother’s former trainer (Master Durand), but will it be enough to defeat the villainous Tong Po?
The original “Kickboxer” was by no means a great movie, but it was a solid cheesy 80’s action flick. With “Kickboxer: Vengeance,” director John Stockwell obviously had an opportunity to improve upon the original. Judging by the cast that includes Dave Bautista, Alain Moussi, Gina Carano, Georges St-Pierre and Jean-Claude Van Damme (who is now in the mentor role), one would think it would at least be a fun movie. It’s not. “Kickboxer: Vengeance” is a completely generic remake that feels like it is on auto-pilot for 90 minutes. The film offers nothing in the way of surprises and feels rushed in its storytelling. It plays like a darker modernized remake of the original. No more, no less. Granted, the action is infinitely superior thanks to some impressive stunts, hand to hand combat, and muay thai style fighting. It was especially refreshing to see no wirework or CGI, but that’s not enough to make up for the many shortcomings.
The major flaw of this remake is sadly the lack of character (and emotion for that matter). Alain Moussi is a dull lead and he makes you long for Jean-Claude Van Damme in the starring role. On the subject of Van Damme, he is sadly underutilized here. I kept waiting for him to have more of a character, but he never does. Gina Carano has nothing to do here nor does she get to fight. The only actors who seem to be having fun here are Dave Bautista (who once again plays the villain) and Georges St-Pierre in a small role.
Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? The bright and clean picture quality shines in hi-def.
Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The DTS track is decent but a bit underwhelming. The music, dialogue, and action could have sounded crisper.
Extras include RLJ Entertainment trailers, a photo gallery and a behind the scenes featurette that contains film clips, interviews, story discussions, and set footage.
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