Monday, 9 January 2012

DVD Review: Arena - Samuel L Jackson and Kellan Lutz

Release Date: 09/01/12


How do you make a fortune from the bloodlust of millions? One sadistically savvy businessman (Samuel L. Jackson) has created an empire with his brutal, fight-to-the-death gladiator website. His newest warrior is David Lord (Kellan Lutz), a kidnapped fireman, now imprisoned and forced to fight for his life. To buy his freedom, Lord agrees to do a series of lethal bouts. But as the body count escalates, and with his most challenging battle remaining, Lord unleashes a torrent of bloody carnage and reveals a secret that threatens to tear down the entire enterprise. Also featuring Daniel Dae Kim (TV’s Lost) and Nina Dobrev (TV’s The Vampire Diaries).


OK, there are times when you want a film that you don’t have to think with. You want blood, you want combat and you want a crime edge to it. So what do you do? Well for a child of the Video, you know the concept pretty well where a guy ends up fighting in an arena for his life against all comers. It’s an often used plot with films such as American Samurai, Unleashed as well as TV shows such as Angel (The Ring), A-Team (Pro’s and Cons) alongside the original series of Star Trek (Arena) all utilising it to their own ends. So what does this film add?

What this offering from Sony presents to the viewer is a film with some decent effects, a simplistic storyline and to be honest some wooden acting from the principle cast which clearly demonstrates that it isn’t intended for much more than a glut of blood. OK, that said, on the plus side I wanted something to watch with a beer and this did the job, yet with Samuel L Jackson staring I did expect something a little more than what I was presented. All in its OK but don’t expect anything Oscar worthy for your cash.

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