A highly illegal underground tournament is set for twelve of the world's most brutal fighters. They come trained in different disciplines including kickboxing, Gung Fu, Tae Kwon Do, freestyle, Ninjitsu, mixed martial arts, karate, Wushu, boxing, wrestling, Shaolin, Ngor Chor and Capoeira and are handpicked to compete for a one million dollar prize in a no-holds barred competition and even a fight to the death.
I have seen some other reviews around complaining about the acting and the script in this film and frankly I would like to know what these people thought they were getting when they picked this movie up in the first place. The plot is simple and the actors will be mostly unknowns to most people but the plot serves the purpose, the film never tries to be anything more than it is and for a fighting film the acting is just perfect. If your looking for a story with deep meaning and plot twists around every turn look elsewhere. Underground is a fighting film made for people that love action and Martial Arts and nothing more and it delivers on what it promises. There are several actors here I have seen in other movies like,Mark Strange for example who does a terrific job in the film as well as the rest of the cast but the real star power here comes from the fight scenes the are fast and furious and they are about the most realistic and brutal I have ever seen put to film. The film contains real Martial Artists and Stuntmen and I felt it benefited by doing so considering what the film-makers were after here. Director, Chee Keong Cheung did a fantastic job here giving the characters meaning, I found myself caring about these people so to say there was no story is dead wrong here, the story fit the fighting scenes perfectly. I really enjoyed the end as well and I never once knew who was going to win the contest till the very end so it had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Underground is a film that is clearly made by people that love Martial Arts and it pays off as they have made an Independent British action flick that not only delivers on what it promises but it kicks ass in doing so. If your a fan of action or any kind of fighting films then I highly recommend owning this on DVD, it will fit in nicely with anyone Martial Arts collection as well. The DVD comes loaded with Special Features that include:
Anatomy of a Fight Sequence
Behind the Scenes Footage
Both the U.S. and UK Trailers
Released by City Lights Home Entertainment. **** Out Of *****