Kickboxer Vengeance
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Kickboxer Vengeance

Sure, the new action workout “Kickboxer: Vengeance” — a reboot of a foot-fighting franchise from the 1980s and ’90s — follows a tiresome martial-arts movie formula. But amid the hoary conventions are agreeable inklings of an alternate sensibility.

When Eric Sloan (Darren Shahlavi), an expert in the savate and Muay Thai fighting styles, accepts an invitation from a shady promoter (Gina Carano, a former mixed-martial-arts champion) to compete in Thailand for a huge purse, his brother, Kurt (the fresh-faced newcomer Alain Moussi), is skeptical. And, yes, Eric meets his maker in an underground ring, facing the behemoth Tong Po (David Bautista, Drax the Destroyer in “Guardians of the Galaxy”). Needless to say, duty calls for Kurt. (I direct you to the movie’s title.)

But first there is the inevitable training sequence, which seems to extend for hours. In a compound run by the seasoned instructor Master Durand (an aging Jean-Claude Van Damme, star of the original “Kickboxer,” from which this version lifts elements), Kurt is put through his paces. These include being dunked in a pond while astride a bicycle, doing splits, pulling Master Durand around in a rickshaw and being asked to use his own fists to split coconuts that children lob at him.

Duration: 90 min

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IMDb: 4.9

Kickboxer Vengeance
Kickboxer Vengeance
Kickboxer Vengeance