A retired boxer 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.
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 4.7/10 (737 voted)
Stars: Steve Austin, Daniel Magder, Janet Kidder
Dan Barnes (Steve Austin) is a former pro boxer who retired after growing weary of his violent existence. Now a school janitor, Dan tries to help a new student, Matthew Miller (Daniel Magder), who is being targeted by bullies. While Matthew learns how to box and stand up to his tormentors, one of whom is the school boxing champ (Jaren Brandt Bartlett), Dan's new found role as a teacher helps him come to terms with his tumultuous past.
Writers: Evan Jacobs, Jack Nasser
Jaren Brandt Bartlett
Samuel Patrick Chu
(as Roman Podhura)
Catherine Lough Haggquist
(as Catherine Lough Hagquist)
Grandfather Charlie Putman
(as Ben Ratner)
Release Date: 3 Jan 2011
Filming Locations: Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada
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(estimated) User Review
Recyclable material, but with charm and true heart that raises the overall product.
Sometimes enjoyment can stem from your level of initial expectations. I
try to remain open minded when I'm viewing a movie, but it's hard to
completely keep out certain things. Even though I've seen better movies
recently, I felt obligated to comment on this one, due to the
preconceived notions one might have. If you take it for what it is,
you'll be satisfied.
When I first started "Knockout", I mostly expected a highly predictable
experience which would essentially leave me empty handed. Although it
did turn out to be predictable, I was won over by the enormous sense of
warmth and the sincerity of the actors. This is basically another take
on the underdog story, which means there's an obvious inspirational
tone hanging in certain scenes. But despite the presentation of certain
scenes, I felt like it wasn't overdone for the most part. I was even
slightly touched during a few moments, even if they weren't entirely
Steve Austin was surprisingly comfortable in this role. He projects an
enormous feeling of kindness all throughout the picture. As for Daniel
Magder, he started off rocky, but as his character progressed, his
earlier choices started to make sense. The actor who plays the
childishly maniacal Hector also deserves a mention. Even though the
character is one dimensional, he manages to believably embrace the
All and all, this is an example of a movie rising above the material in
order to bring the viewer with a fairly delightful experience.