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Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018)

Action | 110 minutes
2,47 116 votes

Genre: Action

Duration: 110 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Dimitri Logothetis

Stars: Alain Moussi, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson

IMDb score: 5,0 (6.142)

Releasedate: 26 January 2018

Kickboxer: Retaliation plot

"It's time to fight back"

A year after the events of 'Kickboxer: Vengeance', Kurt Sloan has vowed never to return to Thailand. However, when he prepares for an MMA title fight, he is sedated and ends up in Thailand again, this time in prison. Those responsible want him to take on a tall guy named Mongkut. In exchange for the fight, Kurt gets $2 million and his freedom back.

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avatar van Gang_Star


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Much less than Kickboxer: Vengeance. The film does not have a wafer-thin story for the first time, which I found very disappointing this time. I also didn't find the action scenes very special and that even disappointed me a bit. Actually, the cameos of Rico Verhoeven, Ronaldinho, Mike Tyson and Roy 'Big Country' Nelson, among others, are among the best moments in the film. And the long playing time is also a disappointment. About Kickboxer: I was still quite positive about Vengenace, but unfortunately this successor is a disappointment.

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avatar van Aapje81


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It had passed me by that new Kickboxer movies were being made again. Part 1 with Jean Claude van Damme is now childhood sentiment and in my memory it was quite a serious film.

This Retaliation is mainly terrible camp and the makers understand that very well. If you manage to get Jean Claude Van Damme, Christopher Lambert, Mike Tyson, Ronaldinho and our own Rico Verhoeven in a movie, you know that the laughter will turn into vultures.

Lambert and Van Damme have a constant battle over who has the worst English pronunciation, but both do it with a lot of charm and charisma. In addition to these two 80s icons, protagonist Alain Moussi stands out rather starkly, but it must be said he is pleasantly around and, like the rest of the cast, has the necessary self-mockery.

The action and acting were certainly enjoyable. Below the line I laughed out loud a few times, culminating in the great and at the same time stupid final fight against Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson. The man from Iceland was once the strongest man in the world in everyday life and it must be said that he is really a tree of a guy who occasionally provides hilarious moments due to his enormous stature.

Where as a little boy I was on the edge of my seat at the first Kickboxer movie, this one was especially wonderful entertainment that is about nothing but does make you long for days gone by when you still believed that the hero always won. The reunion with Jean Claude van Damme makes seeing this film worth it alone.

Perhaps not the best film, but Jean Claude at least shows that he has self-mockery and humor and that makes this revival of the Kickboxer films a lot more enjoyable than many films by other action heroes from the eighties.

Not brilliant but I certainly enjoyed it.

Above average.

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avatar van mrklm


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Shortly after winning a championship fight in Las Vegas, Kurt Sloane [Alain Moussi] travels to Thailand with his fiancée Liu [Sara Malakul Lane]. On the train to Bangkok (where else) Liu is kidnapped. Really and truly! The client is Thomas Tong Moore [Christopher Lambert], who wants to persuade Kurt to – you'll never guess – take part in a fight against the gigantic Mongkut [Hafþór Július Björnsson]. When Kurt continues to refuse, Moore has him locked up in a prison full of fighters. A nice excuse for some (admittedly) well-executed and stylishly filmed fights, although you wonder how useful it is to have someone beaten up so that he can fight for you?! Van Damme is the now blind mentor who tries to save Kurt from a bad ending with unconventional methods.

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