Actors: Gary Daniels, Peter Weller
Directors: Jonas Quastel
Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
Release Date: December 18, 2012
Run Time: 100 minutes
Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars
When it comes to mixed martial arts, I am big sucker for whatever is available. This film has a lot going for it including starring Peter Weller, known best for playing “Robocop” and also former world kick-boxing champion Gary Daniels (“The Expendables”). I have loved Daniel’s work going back to “Fist of the North Star”. The story is what you would expect from this type of film but it still works. The film is action-packed and features various fighting styles including wrestling, judo, jiu jitsu etc. There is something for everyone here in this non-stop thrill ride. Recommended for all MMA fans!
Official Premise: Once a legend in the brutal world of illicit underground fighting, Shane Slavin (Daniels) decides to turn his life around, promising his wife and young son he’s fought his last battle. But when his younger brother betrays a ruthless crime boss (Weller), Shane is forced back into the arena to pay his brother’s debts and to protect his family. Now Shane must confront a gauntlet of incredibly savage, no-holds-barred fights with no rules, no mercy and just two possible outcomes: win or die fighting.
“Forced to Fight” comes with a nice Blu-ray presentation. It looks damn impressive with its 1080p transfer and it’s aspect ratio of 1.78:1. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track works well with the film’s action. You will find yourself dodging punches on your couch! The downside is that there are no special features included on this release. I also would have loved to see this released as a combo pack with a DVD, as well included.