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Underground (2006)



I'm not sure what the budget was for the film Underground, but considering the quality of the production and the fact that the DVD sleeve mentions that it's distributed by Warner Brothers / Electra / Atlantic Inc., I suspect that it's not as independently produced as most of the films that I review here at Film Apocalypse.  Usually the movies featured here are made by people who are completely outside of the Hollywood system; they're made by people who don't make a dime from creating these films and who probably end up spending a lot of their own money to making movies just for the love of it.  Still, Underground was sent to me for review and since I haven't seen it in any stores and I didn't recognize most of actors, I'm going to review it even though it probably isn't quite as low budget as most of the films featured here.

First of all, Underground is an action movie.  More specifically, it's a fighting movie and as a fighting movie, it kicks ass!  The basic story here is a group of rich guys who are into betting on fights get together for the ultimate underground competition where twelve fighters are picked from different walks of life to fight each other in a series of one-on-one battles.  The winner gets a huge pile of money.  Each fighter has his or her reasons for wanting to fight.  Although the movie goes a little bit into the details about the lives of some of the fighters, there really isn't a whole lot to the story.  The movie is a lot more about showing the fight scenes.

It stars a bunch of stuntmen, actors and fighters, some of whom are from big budget action movies.  For example, one of the fighters in Underground is played by Joey Ansah.  Ansah played Desh in The Bourn Ultimatum.  One of the actors who played a League of Shadows warrior in Batman Begins fights in Underground.  The film also features British actor Danny John-Jules who was in Blade II and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but who is most famous (at least in the UK) for playing the cat on the long running British sci-fi comedy Red Dwarf

The quality of the filming, the audio, the editing and basically all of the technical aspects of this film are all major studio quality.  The acting is professional as well.  But what I can't emphasize enough is just how great the fight scenes are and this movie is really all about the fight scenes.  
If you're a fan of the action in action movies, then you'll probably enjoy Underground


Gore-o-meter rating: 2 out of 5 (not really much gore, but the action would be a 5 out of 5)

Skin-o-meter: 0 out of 5 (no nudity)