Tapped Out

2014

Action / Drama / Sport

86
IMDb Rating 5.4 10 1920

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Cast

Michael Biehn as Reggie
Nick Bateman as Matt Cockburn
Martin Kove as Principal Vanhorne
Krzysztof Soszynski as Dominic Gray
720p.BLU
812.72 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 45 min
P/S 0 / 11

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Comeuppance Reviews 6 / 10

Likable and watchable fight flick

When Michael Shaw (Hackman) was 12 years old, some carjackers shot and killed his parents. During the incident, the boy took note of a tattoo on the neck of one of the baddies. Now in high school, he's understandably moody and acts out by partying and neglecting his schoolwork. Caught by the cops for excessive "party rocking", Michael is on his last chance. Thanks to Principal Vanhorne (Kove), Michael gets a chance to do his community service hours at his old dojo. When he was a kid, he was a Karate champ, but after the murder he let it all slide. When Reggie (Biehn), the dojo master, first gets a hold of him, he has him do janitorial work. But Michael starts to see the value of training in Karate again. When taken by Reggie's niece Jen (Brown) to an illegal, underground MMA fight, Michael recognizes the tattoo he saw so long ago - it just so happens to belong to the reigning champ, a gigantic, unbeatable meathead named Dominic Gray (Soszynski). So, despite their vast weight differences, Michael goes into extreme training mode so he can beat Gray in the ring to avenge his parents' murder. But will it be Gray or Michael who will be...TAPPED OUT? Tapped Out is essentially No Retreat No Surrender (1986) for the Facebook generation. Elsewhere online it has been described as Batman (1989) meets The Karate Kid (1984), and it has a plot action fans have seen countless times before. Should we be applauding the fact that they're still making movies like this? We're truly not sure. We guess that's pretty cool. The movie has almost as many training sequences as Green Street 3 (2013), and because Michael has to work his way up the ranks of all the "boxcar" underground fighters, and squeeze in some plot and dialogue, the whole thing is a bit longer than it needs to be.  This Cody Hackman kid is likable enough, and it also stars fan favorites Martin Kove and Michael Biehn, so the DTV lineage is there, at least. Interestingly, in the movie it says that the murder of the parents occurred when Michael was 12 years old. Then someone later says "that was seven years ago." If our math is correct, that means Michael is a 19 or 20 year old high school student. Maybe things are different in Canada, but this struck us as odd. Maybe he stayed back a few times.

The whole outing is shot and edited well, and has a very professional look to it. It's clear the filmmakers, despite the derivative grounding of it all, tried to put in some emotion and quality to the overall proceedings, which we appreciated. It doesn't look or feel like crud, as so many of its MMA-based competitors do. The fact that "Karate Boy", as our hero is called, tries to take on these MMA guys in the ring may feel incorrect, but it's kind of a throwback to the underground Punchfighting movies of the 80's and the first part of the 90's. The ring announcer bellows "Let's go to waaaaaaaarrrrr!", which, it has to be said, won't be sending Michael Buffer into his panic room anytime soon.

For a decent and watchable - but nothing more - example of a modern-day DTV UFC/Underground Fighting movie, Tapped Out should fit the bill. But it seems the days of Karl Brezdin are long over, even if that spirit, in some new form, lives on. 

Reviewed by adonis98-743-186503 7 / 10

Starts kinda slow and dumb turns out to be great.

A disgruntled teenager, sent to do community service at a rundown Karate school, enters an MMA tournament to face the man who killed his parents. The greatest thing about Tapped Out is easily Michael Biehn if you loved him The Terminator & Aliens he really does give a good performance and overall the performances weren't that bad is the way that the main character gets presented i mean they make him do all this stupid things like go shoot a guy and then back off and gets his butt kicked more times than i can count also the film borrows things from Karate Kid but i think the last 30 minutes or so pick up the movie really high and they give an interesting turn in the whole story and make the film more interesting it's a 7.5 out of 10 for me good but it does have it's problems.

Reviewed by kosmasp 5 / 10

By the numbers

Some things are never explained and not every character motivation has to be explained I reckon (whether it's a villain or our main hero doing stuff). The "story" itself is pretty straightforward though and it doesn't take a lot of guessing to know where this is heading and what will happen in the course of it.

Michael Biehn somehow got involved in it and he does a decent job being guardian. Even when he doesn't seem consistent in what he's saying and what he's doing, he still pulls it off. But more important for anyone watching is, if the action is good. I would say it's OK/decent enough. It's not over the top or anything great, but it serves its purpose and will entertain enough if you're willing to oversee the flaws ...

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