Takes on the feel of a desert island in its isolation, but these out-to-sea fighters act like bodies trying to not run down: their specific abilities only temporarily for use, and their plight thus more desperate. The prison concrete is contrasted with bricks, chains, rocks, bone, and eventually flying, shed mouthguards. Florentine's hand on the fights makes this melodramatic fight-movie work though.
I wanted to love this but I just liked it. The fight scenes are great! The whole middle stretch between the fight scenes is not great, although the scene where Adkins says God wants him to be the best, most perfect fighter almost redeems it. Also his special move is so cool they do it like eight times - you know. Spinning jump kick, first kick a feint, second one lands like A GODDAMN HAMMER
The fight scenes, of which there are many, are captured in gloriously long takes, allowing the viewer to appreciate the raw physicality and skill of our actors. Scott Adkins steals the show as Uri Boyka, but the fact that the rest of his opponents hail from all over the globe and employ unique fighting styles gives the film a nice international vibe not unlike the classic arcade game "Street Fighter II."