Stone Cold Steve Austin has been back in the squard circle rather
frequently thus far in 2011. Currently hosting the reincarnation of
the Tough Enough reality show series, and coming off of his guest
referee spot at Wrestlemania, now Austin is stepping into the boxing
ring for his latest acting gig, a straight to DVD release entitled
In the film Austin plays a former pro boxer turned school janitor
named Dan Barnes. The film begins with the lead character, Matthew
Miller (played by Daniel Magder) on his way to his first day at his
new public school in a new city. Having spent years in private school,
Miller arrives in a suit and finds it hard to fit in, attracting the
attention of the resident school bullies, most notably, the school’s
boxing champ Hector Torres. Miller, meanwhile, has had an interest in
boxing for years as his grandfather was once a successful boxer, but
never had he thought about participating in the sport as his somewhat
overprotective mother has held him close through the years following a
battle with leukemia as a child. Cue Stone Cold’s character, who as
the school janitor steps in during a bullying incident between Matthew
and the afformentioned Torres. With the encouragement and tutelage of
Austin’s character, Matthew trains and gets his chance to face Torres
in the annual box off for a chance to make the school boxing team.
About 30 minutes into the film I found it hard to kick the feeling
that I had seen this film before, then it dawned on me, this is WWE
Films “Legendary” but with boxing instead of amateur wrestling and
Steve Austin instead of John Cena. The surrounding story might be
slightly different, but at its core they are identical movies. Whether
that’s a good thing or a bad thing depends on what you personally
thought of Legendary. For those you didn’t see it, what this
basically boils down to is your typical inspirational family drama
with a happy ending.
Like many of the straight to DVD films Austin has done since leaving
WWE films, he is given a tailor made character to play so that it
accentuates his acting positives and hides the negatives.
Ive always been a big fan of Austin’s and because of this I did enjoy
the film. Although I found the fact that Knockout is very similar to
Legendary to be somewhat amusing considering that Austin had chosen to
depart WWE films many years ago to chase his own career path, but has
ended up doing the exact same films under various different banners.
Then again he probably would not of gotten his spot in The Expendables
without being independent, but I digress.
The DVD version of Knockout offers little in terms of DVD extras. A
digital copy option is included as well as the film’s trailer, but
nothing in terms of behind the scenes footage or featurettes.
Ultimately I would call this a “Rent It”, but if you’re a big fan of
Austin adding it to your collection wont hurt.
Knockout starring Stone Cold Steve Austin hits the streets on DVD and
Blu Ray, April 26th with the suggested retail price of $29.99, It will
also be available via Video on Demand