Cagefighter review by Bobby Blakey
Being a martial artist I love all things connected to it including any film that might showcase some. The latest Cagefighter features and interesting cast including Alex Montagnani, Jonathan Good, AKA Jon Moxley, Gina Gershon, Chuck Liddell, Elijah Baker, Luke Rockhold, Jay Reso, and Georgia Bradner. Could this flick bring some good fights with a great story or will it tap out?
Cagefighter follows Reiss Gibbons who is on the cusp of cementing himself as the greatest to ever step inside the LEGENDS cage. With five title defenses under his belt, a beautiful wife in Ellie, endless sponsorship deals thanks to his ball busting agent Reggie, and the support of coach and mentor Marcus, Reiss has it all. But when Savvy promoter Max Black pits him against pro wrestling super star Randy Stone in the company's first ever cross-promotional event, Reiss finds himself in the toughest fight of his life.
What’s interesting is the story itself which is essentially like they took the opening of Rocky III where Rocky and Thunder Lips aka Stallone and Hulk Hogan are doing mix up fight and built an MMA story around it. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially since there have been numerous professional wrestlers who have made the transition into the world of MMA. That being said it is a fine movie, but suffers from the all too familiar story that has been done a thousand times before.
You pretty much know there entire direction of the story here as it blends so many story elements from films like Karate Kid 3 and the above mentioned Rocky 3. This makes it feel less original and instead needs to rely on its talent instead which is a bit hit and miss. The film is filled with fun cameos from both the wrestling and MMA worlds, but most felt clearly phoned in as opposed to natural. Either way it was still fun to see them all come together to give more weight to the build-up of their fight.
The fights themselves are ok and serve the purpose to what they are trying to accomplish but nothing overly exciting as they should be. Of course I wasn’t expecting over the top martial arts action as they are going for a more realistic approach and it works, just hoped for more with the talent involved. In the end the film is a decent addition to this genre and one that most will probably enjoy.
Decide for yourself and grab your copy of Cagefighter available now from Screen Media.