Movie Review: KICKBOXER: RETALIATION (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

KICKBOXER: RETALIATION was directed and co-written by Dimitri Logothetis and stars Alain Moussi who returns to the role of “Kurt Sloane,” Sara Malakul Lane, legendary fighter Mike Tyson, Jessica Jann, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, Steven Swadling, Sam Medina, and Miles Strommen, with Christopher Lambert and legendary martial arts star Jean-Claude Van Damme.

One year after finding vengeance for his murdered brother, MMA champion Kurt Sloane (Alain Moussi) finds himself back in Thailand – kidnapped and imprisoned there by a powerful gangster (Christopher Lambert). His only shot at freedom is to win an underground death match against a 400lb killer enhanced with state-of the-art drugs (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson). To make it out alive, he seeks training unlike anything he’s ever endured, with the help of the legendary Master Durand (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and fellow prisoner Briggs (Mike Tyson).

Kurt gets kidnapped by Thomas Moore (Christopher Lambert), a ruthless gangster who wants him to fight the monster of a man, Mongkut (Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson) and Moore is offering up a lot of money. At first he turns down the offer but he ends up in prison courtesy of the gangster and this is where he meets Briggs and a few new friends. What happens is, Kurt’s wife Liu (Sara Malakul Lane) gets forced into the dire situation and he has no other choice than to agree to a fight to the death.

Kurt begins training with Briggs and his new friends where he learns other styles of fighting that’ll help him against his nearly unstoppable opponent. Even Master Durand is back to help Kurt plus he gets in on the action some as well. Master Durand might be blind but he can hold his own in a fight! When the deadly match with Mongkut begins, Kurt realizes that he’s in way over his head and doesn’t have much hope of defeating the monster who ends up killing Kurt – literally! What happens is, the hero ends up getting a little surprise assistance that not only helps him conquer death but it ultimately aids in his victory over his rival. In the end, Kurt gets Liu back and Thomas Moore gets exactly what he deserves.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc also features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Kickboxer: Retaliation was a pretty cool follow up that’s loaded with well choreographed stunts and even a little humor to go along with it. The fight scenes were exciting to the max and that’s easily one of the best parts of the movie. It was great to see the Kickboxer franchise restarted a few years ago with Vengeance and they keep the party going with Retaliation. I liked the original story (no rehash this time) and the characters were all fun to follow plus Alain Moussi is really coming into his own with this heroic character he portrays and it’s great to see JCVD back in this likable supporting role. Hey, even “Iron Mike” gets in on the action and he’s not a bad actor either. Director Dimitri Logothetis did a good job capturing all of the adrenaline junkie action that this movie features as well as a little heart and soul. Kickboxer: Retaliation will be available on a Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack and is worth checking out. This one is for the 80’s action movie buffs out there.

Distributor: Well Go USA

Run Time: 111 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features:

  • “Meet the Fighters” featurette
  • Trailer


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