One of my all time favorite Jean Claude Van Damme films has always been Kickboxer not just because of how awesome Van Damme was, but also how cool Tong Po was too. In Hollywood, they are always remaking films and if you guessed it then the answer is yes. Our film for today’s Ass Whoopin Wednesdays is the new film Kickboxer: Vengeance. Eric Sloane (Darren Shahlavi) champions himself a really good fighter who has just won gold with the help of his little bro Kurt (Alain Moussi). Despite Kurt’s wishes, Eric travels to Thailand to take on Muay Thai champion Tong Po (Dave Bautista). Kurt will eventually go to see the fight, but when he does, he witnesses his brothers death in the ring. Kurt swears that he will get his revenge against Tong Po so he trains with a local Muay Thai trainer named Durand (Van Damme). The film also stars Gina Carano (Deadpool) as Marcia, Sara Malakul Lane (Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse) as Liu, Georges St-Pierre (Captain America: The Winter Soldier) as Kavi, T.J. Storm (Punisher: War Zone) as Storm, Hawn Tran (Heist) as Tran, Sam Medina (Keanu) as Crawford, MMA Fighter Cain Velasquez as King’s Fighter, and the film was directed by John Stockwell (Turistas). Before we get into the review of the film, let’s check out some of the stats:
As far as the stats are concerned, Alain has about 30 kills/knock outs in the film and he doesn’t really have an origin story other than the training he receives. We also know that he attempted to take Tong Po’s life before he went for the training. He does have a love interest in the sexiest cop ever in Liu and he has a sexual conquest with her. Someone close to him does get hurt and it’s actually the death of his brother that drives him. He does defeat the big boss and you do know that this is a remake of the original film right? I loved the fact that Jean Claude Van Damme was in the film because the man is just full of charisma and in the original film he had tons of it. Alain was lacking a little bit of it in this film, but he did a great job overall. Dave Bautista was an amazing villain to have and he made Tong Po look even more dangerous than before with his size. As you can tell by my comment about the sexiest cop alive, it bothered me a little bit because she is way too attractive to be a cop. Nevertheless, she was great eye candy as was Gina Carano when she was on screen. It was cool that they had actual MMA fighters in the film as well to give a little authentic feel to it. Jean Claude Van Damme was a scene stealer when he was on and it’s why you should watch. I am going to give the film 3.5 fists out of five for a final grade because the original still kicks ass.