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Samuel L. Jackson Gets Jiggy In Trailer For Modern-Day Gladiator Fighting Drama "Arena"

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 1, 2011 4:21 AM
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Samuel L. Jackson co-stars in this indie action movie that was intially titled Deathsport, when it was announced over a year ago.

Jonah Loop, previously a visual effects supervisor makes his directorial debut with the film, which is now titled Arena.

The story centers on a young man (played by young upstart Kellan Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into the world of modern-day gladiator fighting, in which battles to the death for the entertainment of online viewers, is standard.

Samuel Jackson's character organizes each fight, overseeing them from his computer, "with the help of twin ladies who see to his every desire."

The $10 million production now has a trailer (watch below) and official release date of October 11th, a Tuesday, which means it's heading straight to DVD, unless it gets a brief theatrical run in the next 2 months; but given the looks of this thing, I doubt it. Though I might watch it on Netflix just to see Samuel get jiggy with it, as he does around the 1:24 mark.


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  • Andrew | October 20, 2011 1:06 AMReply

    Yeah the plot was flimsy and the action wasn’t enough to save it. Jackson was still good in it though, he can deliver a terrible line and make it…well, a little less terrible. I guess it was good enough to watch once, I did finish the movie after all, but I’d only recommend it if you have a good way or renting movies. I use the Blockbuster Movie Pass, it gives me DVD’s, Blurays and video games by mail, with the in-store exchanges option (if they’re really bad), plus streaming and 20 movie channels. Pretty good for $10 a month. To make it even better I love telling people who call into my work (DISH Network) that they can get 12 months of Blockbuster Movie Pass completely free when they sign up.

  • HAMMBONE | August 2, 2011 1:46 AMReply

    Samuel L Jackson isn't even trying anymore

  • JTurner | August 1, 2011 10:44 AMReply

    I heard it was a shitload of fun, a friend was at a test screening a couple of weeks ago and wouldn't stop talking about it.

    I agree that this trailer is fucking awful though. I'm a sucker for Sam so I'm in.

    Lot's of FXs and blood, I'm dying to see how hard Kellan's ass gets beat.

    It's a green banner trailer, I can't imagine Sam in a movie without a fuck load of swearing.

  • Laura | August 1, 2011 9:22 AMReply

    10 million dollars?

    hol' up, hol' up, hol' up.

    Now, probably the only reason why this potential craptastic film got this kind of financing is because Samuel Jackson name is attached to the project.

    So, someone please help me to understand how come he got 2nd billing?

    Who the hell is Kellan Lutz?

  • Jug | August 1, 2011 6:41 AMReply

    Will someone pleez give Sam the memo that his grandkids will never have to work & he is not going back to smoking crack...he does NOT have to accept everything that comes across his desk :-(

  • darkan | August 1, 2011 5:45 AMReply

    @ Vanessa, I thought the same thing. Man that looks bad and not in a good way either. SMDH.

  • JMac | August 1, 2011 5:03 AMReply

    Nothing's better than Running Man.

  • Vanessa Martinez | August 1, 2011 4:43 AMReply

    hmm. didn't they make Death Race and Gamer already? booooo

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