A retired boxer (Steve Austin) tries to help a new student, Matthew Miller (Daniel Magder), who is being targeted by bullies. While learning to box and stand up to his tormentors the young boxer must learn to overcome his tumultuous past.
Let’s start with the plot. What came to mind immediately is how similar the story is to John Cena’s Legendary, except in this movie wrestling is switched for boxing. That’s not necessarily a bad thing though and in my opinion Austin is far more watchable. The story is quite good.
Austin is in more of a supporting role here, as his character lurks in the shadows and uses his boxing background to train a new student to get in the ring and the face the school bully. Though you wouldn’t know it from the title of the movie, Born to Fight is more story focused than just rolling out fight scenes, giving a look at how Austin performs in a serious role – he does well!
Whilst the movie is quite short at 91 minutes and has a predictable feel good story to it, I’d say this a well rounded family movie that for the most part creates intrigue for the viewer throughout. Fans of Steve Austin will enjoy it, and it certainly shows another dimension to his acting abilities.
The Blu-ray video quality is great, as is the sound. There are however no extra features included on either edition which was a tad disappointing.
Born to Fight (Cert. 12) is out now in the UK on DVD and Blu-ray formats –
In the US the film has the name “Knockout”, available to order now at Amazon.com.