Sunday, October 9, 2011

DVD Review: ARENA (2011)

When I checked out ARENA on DVD I really didn't know what I was getting into. The result was simply an awesome and totally out there sexy action flick with a mixture of several films, think Gladiator and Mortal Kombat meets underground MMA fighting that's available to online spectators around the world.

Arena stars Samuel L. Jackson as this sort of underground fighting circuit ringmaster. Kellan Lutz plays young family man David who is kidnapped and brought into this crazy green screen fighting world to battle for his life when he's thrown into it. The online world watches along but doesn't have a clue it's all for real because it all looks like a live action video game to them, courtesy of Jackson and comepany.

Arena also has appearances by Nina Dobrev and Daniel Dae Kim who both have brief screen time but add very strong elements to this story. As Arena unfolds we find out that our main character David has a few secrets of his own as he slowly gets revenge with this underground fighting ring, one person and one kill at a time. 

There is a really cool twist to Arena the the viewer should really like. The movie is shot really well with loads of action scenes that will satisfy any hardcore fan. The movie is as sexy as it is brutal which mixes for a winning combo! This has easily become one of my new favorite action movies!

Bottom line is Arena is highly recommended to any action film or MMA buff! This sexy, hard-hitting DVD packs a heavy punch with loads of bloody action, beautiful women and a cool story! 3.5/5

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 95 Minutes

Rated: R

Special Features: None!  I wish it would have had some! At least give us a commentary or "making of" with a cool movie like this!  This was the only downside to the DVD.

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