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Release: Aug 18, 2008 - Author: Il Gobbo - Translator: ManfredR - external link: IMDB
Well, how to begin this introduction…
How about the movie itself ? Sounds good to me !

What we have here, is one of the typical teenie actioners, which tells for the umpteenth time the story of a newcomer who has to become accepted in his new neighborhood. Certainly he is a rebel, hard to control and considers himself as a tough guy. And also clichéd, that in his new school there is already a top dog in command with a hot chick on his side – who crushes on the newbie right on the first day.
Also not new is the fighting (FIGHT CLUB for kids, the satirist will think at once) where our hero gets his ass kicked first. But he finds a Sifu, a disenchanted ex-champion, who prepares him for the final fight. There are also a looser bud, the little well behaved brother, the helpless Mom and having enough mental problems of his own.

But there are some details which set the movie apart from the usual: the actors are convincing, in the first place Djimon Hounsou, who gives – within the bounds of the screenplay – profoundness. Also Sean Faris in the leading role and Cam Gigandet as opponent are doing very well. And at least Amber Hearst as the cute looking love-interest has nothing to do but this.

The choreography of fights is good and sometimes quite bloody. And that is where the problem begins: for the target audience (from 12 to 16 years old) there is too much violence – I’m curious about how the german theatrical version looks like. The rating is aimed for the age of 16. But I’m sure that this won’t happen without any cuts.
Meanwhile the german theatralicversion is uncut, but not suitable for persons under 18 years.
In the US the movie was rated PG-13 and is available on DVD in the meantime. At the same time a so called "Extended-Beatdown-Edition" was released. The difference between these two version is discussed here in this censorship report.

Please enjoy reading....
17:24 Min.
At the party. Two girls amuse themselves in the pool. In both versions are different settings.
You see much more skin in the unrated but there is no running time difference.
Alternative frame material

Not Rated:PG-13:



17:27 Min.
And there are three additional short takes at the pool party. The fourth one then again is enclosed in the rated R however the beginning is delayed. It’s a overall lack of
( 8 sec. )



19:31 Min.
Ryan shows Tyler the "Fight-Night". Two girls are fighting, in the unrated there is on more hit against the voice box (as close-up) therefore there is an insert on Ryan in the rated R version. But there is also no running time difference.
Alternative frame material

Not Rated:PG-13:



19:47 Min
As the girl rolls down from the guy, she jumps up kicking his face.
( 2 sec. )



25:09
In the unrated version Ryan strikes three times in the rated R version only two times.
( 10 SF )



26:53 Min.
Some quick cutted takes more during the fight between Tyler and Ryan. Among other things Tyler gets two hits from Ryan’s knee at his abdomen.
( 2 sec. )



51:40 Min.
Jake roughs up the three Mexicans. Here the final kick he plants on the guy with the stripy shirt is missing.
( 1,5 sec. )



55:36 Min.
Alternative settings. At the Internet Presentation of the Beatdown you can see Ryan kicks his combatant at his abdomen and slams his face. In the rated R version therefor are two harmless settings
There is no running time difference
Alternative frame material

Not Rated:PG-13:



93:04
Only in the unrated version the rough face slam, which Tyler gets from Dak-Ho, is interrupted by a close-up.
( 8 SF )



102:35 Min.
Final fight. A close-up of the triumphant shouting Ryan as he holds Jake in a headlock.
( 1,5 sec. )

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