Look at that cover. Isn't it awesome? It's got Samuel L. Jackson, a sweaty, bruised muscular man, swords, fire and some fighting guys. This cover perfectly sums up Arena. Well, apart from the copious amounts of boobies, but you can't put that on a DVD cover.
Arena tells the story of David Lord, a man in mourning after his pregnant wife is killed. While drowning his sorrows in a bar he is kidnapped and taken to a secret location, where prisoners are forced to fight to the death for an internet show called The Deathgames. After being thrust into his first fight, David is offered the chance to be set free, if he can survive for ten fights.
Samuel L. Jackson plays the head honcho behind the show, turning in a pretty lacklustre performance compared to others he's done. Not that it particularly drags the movie down, because Kellan Lutz is just as awful, as are the supporting ladies. Not that they particularly act, Lutz just gets naked, works out and punches people, and the women show their boobs.
The story is pretty much as complex as I described above. There's a lacklustre twist at the end, but for the majority it's just people punching and slashing at each other. It's a typical guy movie, so if you're looking for full on action, gore and titties, this is one for you, because it does all those things quite well. If you like your movies to have some substance, you might wanna give it a miss. Still, I liked the Office Space reference near the beginning.
My rating: 2/5