“Kickboxer: Retaliation,” the seventh film in the Kickboxer franchise, garnered a very high 91% fresh rating from review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes. The Jean-Claude Van Damme-Mike Tyson starrer is now showing in Philippine cinemas, distributed by Viva International Pictures nationwide.
One year after finding vengeance for his murdered brother, MMA champion Kurt Sloane finds himself back in Thailand–kidnapped and imprisoned there by a powerful gangster (Christopher Lambert). His only shot at freedom is to win an underground death match against a 400-lb. killer enhanced with state-of the-art drugs (Game of Thrones’ Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson). To make it out alive, he seeks training unlike anything he’s ever endured, with the help of the legendary Master Durand (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and fellow prisoner Briggs (Mike Tyson).
Directed by Greek-American actor Dimitri Logothetis, “Kickboxer: Retaliation” was praised by critics for being “simple, easy to digest film with incredible fight scenes.”
The Hollywood Reporter describes it as a “stylish and enjoyable fight flick with just enough tongue-in-cheek content to keep us smiling.”
Houston Chronicle says “Unlike the last movie, which stumbled when outside the ring, [the director] doesn’t bog things down with too much plot about fraternal bonding, love interests, or anything that requires an emotion more complicated than punching someone’s lights outs.”
Punch Drunk Critics says “The bar has been raised forKickboxer: Retaliation, this time directed by the previous film’s writer/producer, Dimitri Logothetis, and it shatters the bar with a leaping Van Damme spin kick.” They gave it a score of 3.5 out of 5.
“Kickboxer: Retaliation” is now showing in Philippine cinemas nationwide.
Watch the trailer below: