The Reboot of the Cult Classic in theaters, on VOD and Digital HD on September 2nd, 2016
Eric and Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi) are the descendants of a well-known Venice, California-based family of martial artists. Kurt has always been in older brother, Eric's shadow, as he lacks the instincts needed to become a champion. Against Kurt's concerns, Eric accepts a paid offer and travels to Thailand to challenge the Muay Thai champion Tong Po and fails with dire consequences. Kurt vows revenge. He trains with his brother's mentor Durand (JCVD), for a Muay Thai fight against the merciless champion Tong Po. Durand first thinks Kurt is impossible to train, but through a series of spiritual exercises and tests, Durand discovers that Kurt has a deeper strength that will carry him through his final showdown with Tong Po.
Fans of Jean Claude Van Damme that have been waiting for a long time for this reboot will not be disappointed. Alain Moussi is well cast as the new Kurt in his first lead role, and the new Tong Po looks still invincible. Don't expect the best acting, but this movie is about kickboxing and there they deliver! The fights are good, intense, with high kicks and hard punches. And everything is filmed and edited as it should be!
Although Van Damme has not the lead role, as trainer Durand he has an major role in the movie and a lot of screentime. Ofcourse almost everybody will see Kickboxer Vengeance because Van Damme is in it. He looks great, he still has the moves and he seems to be a damme hard trainer. He is certainly not the sympathetic trainer from the 1989 movie. A pity is that in every scene he is wearing sunglasses. Because Van Damme is at his best when you see the fire in his eyes during a fight.
The story is largely very similar to the original movie from 1989 and if you saw that movie - ofcourse everybody - you see famous scenes in the make over but that's not annoying at all. There are a lot of new scenes added to create a fresh new movie. Also be prepared for a funny surprise at the end of the movie.
If it bleeds, we can kill it!
"He's a man, he can bleed" Durand tells to Kurt. A phrase that seems to be taken from Schwarzenegger in the movie Predator: "if it bleeds, we can kill it!". That promises a bloody end for Tong Po...
The film makes you remember al those Van Damme classics from the past and is definitely worth seeing!
A sequel is already in the works. For next year we can look forward to Kickboxer Retaliation, again with Alain Moussi as Kurt and Jean-Claude van Damme as his trainer.
About Kickboxer Vengeance
Kickboxer Vengeance is Co-Written by Dimitri Logothetis (Stephen King’s Sleepwalkers) and Jim McGrath and directed by John Stockwell (In the Blood, Blue Crush), the film features the return of Jean-Claude Van Damme to the franchise (Bloodsport, Kickboxer) and a bevy of professional athletes including newcomer Alain Moussi (X-Men: Days of Future Past) Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Gina Carano (In the Blood), Georges St-Pierre (Captain America), and Cain Velasquez (Term Life). The film was produced by Logothetis along with Nicholas Celozzi (The Lost Angel), Ted Field (The Last Samurai, Jumanji), Allen Knudson, Samuel Cory Timpson and Rob Hickman (who also orchestrated the majority of the financing on the film).