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Samuel L. Jackson makes death look cheesy in the trailer for Arena

Aug. 1, 2011by: Dave Davis

Samuel L. Jackson may be a fine actor with A-list credentials and capabilities, but he's also more than happy to lend (or sell) his presence to lower-budget projects that may or may not go straight to video.

On that note, check him out as the ostentatious overlord of the "Death Games" in the trailer for the upcoming action flick ARENA, which stars TWILIGHT beefstick Kellan Lutz as a dude forced to enter combat against lethal foes and what appears to be some kind of shoddy CG backdrops.

The movie is directed by FX guy Jonah Loop (TRANSPORTER 2, A PERFECT GETAWAY) from a script by Tony Giglio (DEATH RACE 2, obviously). Daniel Dae Kim, Nina Dobrev, James Remar and Derek Mears also participate and/or embarrass themselves.

Extra Tidbit: Unsurprisingly, the original title of the movie was DEATHGAMES.
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9:13AM on 08/02/2011

looks...

AWFUL! Yuck, no thanks.
AWFUL! Yuck, no thanks.
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7:09AM on 08/02/2011
It looks like Sam Jackson shot all his scenes in one room in one take.
Oh, well. This guy struggled to get his due for a long time. Can't blame him now for cashing in.
It looks like Sam Jackson shot all his scenes in one room in one take.
Oh, well. This guy struggled to get his due for a long time. Can't blame him now for cashing in.
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3:20AM on 08/02/2011
In Sam I trust!
In Sam I trust!
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2:08AM on 08/02/2011
Damn, that looked awful! Reminds me of the whole bunch of 90s C-movies with the likes of Billy Blanks. Scratch that, even these looked better. WTF Sam?
Damn, that looked awful! Reminds me of the whole bunch of 90s C-movies with the likes of Billy Blanks. Scratch that, even these looked better. WTF Sam?
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10:33PM on 08/01/2011

Wow... that looked bad

Sure, it's fun seeing Sam hamming it up, but I'm also reminded of a certain movie called "The Spirit" and remember how atrocious that movie was.

This looks like another "been there, seen that" movie: "The Condemned", "Death Race", "Gamer", among others.
Sure, it's fun seeing Sam hamming it up, but I'm also reminded of a certain movie called "The Spirit" and remember how atrocious that movie was.

This looks like another "been there, seen that" movie: "The Condemned", "Death Race", "Gamer", among others.
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1:49AM on 08/02/2011
The Spirit almost made me kill myself. I was so damn depress after that. Just like I was angry and felt like punching people after seeing stealth. LOL
The Spirit almost made me kill myself. I was so damn depress after that. Just like I was angry and felt like punching people after seeing stealth. LOL
10:17PM on 08/01/2011

Ummm.

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10:14PM on 08/01/2011
I'd watch it for Sam and maybe the fights, but otherwise, this looks pretty meh.
I'd watch it for Sam and maybe the fights, but otherwise, this looks pretty meh.
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