I’m not a huge fan of remakes…or at least 10 years ago I wasn’t. It appears everything is a remake now, so if I ever wanted to go to the movies to see anything, remakes are something that I needed to get over. Real quick.
“Kickboxer Vengeance” is being called a “reboot”. It’s the same premise as the original, but just a little different. Now don’t confuse “Kickboxer” with “Bloodsport”. They both stared Van Damme however “Bloodsport” went more mainstream.
In the original “Kickboxer” film, the main character had to learn Muay Thai to avenge his brother’s death. In “Kick Boxer Vengeance”, you have exactly the same scenario. The good part is the trainer is now a 55 year old Jean Claude Van Damme, who is still in great shape (unlike Steven Segal).
In short, brother gets killed, remaining brother gets trained by brother’s mentor, goes to Thailand to kick butt against a bad ass villain, master foe name Tong Po. That’s all the plot I really need. Let’s face it, we came for the fight scenes.
Directed by John Stockwell, Alain Moussi has the starring role and 6’6” David Bautista is our villain. The movie is set for a US release of September 2, 2016.