Old 10-04-2011, 08:06 PM
Arena (2011)

Arena (2011)

Actor : Kellan Lutz , Samuel L Jackson , Katia Winter , James Remar
Genre : Action
Synopsis : After losing the love of his life in a car crash, David Lord (Lutz) finds himself in Mexico on a drunken binge. He is then recruited by an underground organisation lead by Logan ( Jackson ) to participate in deadly arena matches for an internet public .

Where do i start ?

Story : I could have written that story on a napkin in 5 minutes. Be it Death Race 2000 , The Condemned , The Running Man or any arcade fighting game movies, you've seen that movie a hundred times before except there's no original context here or any attempt to contextualize the narrative. No name organisation ( basically Jackson & 4 henchmen ) operating from an unknown location ( but it's hi-tech) with an unknown public ( couple of frat boys and a guy in Asia ) watching unknown fighters ( well the hero is a fireman ) go against each others in a green room that looks like a "fighting theme level" once CGI are added for the public. The definition of blandness. On top of that , they do attempt a "twist" ending but beside the blandness of the twist , it makes no sense whatsoever. Meh!

Acting: I am pretty sure Samuel L. Jackson lost a bet to appear in this movie. Not only is he phoning it in , he doesn't even try to conceal it. Look at his face on the cover. LOOK AT IT !!!! Kellan Lutz shows his great acting skill by switching between cardboard and over-acting. Katia Winter is clearly the one with the most "emotional" parts to display her art but all i remember is the front-frontal. James Remar is always good but he has like 4 minutes of screen time in here.Again Meh!

You know the hero is dangerous when he gets the Hannibal Lecter treatment

Action: Now in an action movie about illegal fighting , you have to have fights right ? Well the hero does have 10 fights to go throught for his liberty but you basically see only 4. The other 6 are like watching recaps of your favorite team on Sportcenter. So you suppose the 4 fights you get to watch are awesome but alas not since none last longer than 3 minutes. Very underwhelming. At least they are violent according to the CGI blood splattering all over the camera lens. Third Meh!

Violence: That's the only strong point about the whole ideal. Chopped head , axe in the back , sword in the gut , slashed throat , empalement , etc. You can see where all the production's budget went yet they failed to make it entertaining throught rapid camera work , excessive slo-motion and bad angles. It makes me think that the director watched 300 one too many time.

Final word: Straight-to-DVD release can be fun. Sometimes because it's a really good movie without a budget or a marketing campaign to garner a theatrical release and sometime it's because it's so bad that you can't help yourself but enjoy it. Arena is neither.


Bonus drinking game : everytime the hero get tasered , you drink. DON'T TASE ME , BRO! should be the tagline of this movie.
Reply With Quote


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump