I’m almost certain that the people who are down rating this film initially thought they would be watching a Stone Cold Steve Austin action extravaganza instead of a family movie. Even though I’m not a professional movie critic, or a filmmaker, I do consider myself a movie buff who delves into every possible genre. And as far as this certain type of genre goes, it’s pretty good.
“Knockout” never tries to jump over itself. It clearly knows what it wants to be. In fact, at one point, it gives a shout out to the original “Karate Kid.” Many plot lines feel familiar, but it’s all handled with as much care as possible. The movie is successful at flowing down the middle without being overly heartwarming, or not heartwarming enough.
Steve Austin isn’t applying for greatness, but he feels completely right for this role. Despite his opposing figure, you can see the soft spot within his eyes. As for the main kid, he eases into the role by the end of the film. The kid who played Hector tackles the bully role with aplomb. The girl playing Ruby is also very charming.
All in all, my two young kids enjoyed this and so did I. As far as these types of films go, this one is above most.