Susie Celek, Miesha Tate, Erin O’Brien
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…gains credibility for trying something different.
When a young woman is killed in an illegal underground fighting club, her sister, Windsor (Susie Celek), quite rightly seeks vengeance. In order to get to the bottom of who threw the killer punch, she enters the world of women’s street fighting. And those two sentences are enough to tell you whether this is going to be your kind of movie.
Fight Valley is The Fast And Furious with more chokeholds, featuring a supporting cast of UFC fighters, including Cris Cyborg, Meisha Tate, and Holly Holm (who knocked out Ronda Rousey in Melbourne last year). As Windsor navigates her way through the murky world of the titular fight club, she learns the ways of the street from her sister’s motley crew, who all have a tale to tell and a code to live by. If there’s an opportunity to say how tough they have it, they will grab it with both hands and will it into submission.
There’s no denying the fact that Fight Valley is rough and ready in its approach; the editing needs another round and the performances on show are a mixed bag. But in a world choking on movies about white guys hitting each other, from Van Damme’s Kickboxer through to the title-says-it-like-it-is Fighting with Channing Tatum, Fight Valley at least gains credibility for trying something different. Writer/director, Rob Hawk, offers up a film whose female protagonists don’t need to wait for a man to validate them. In fact, any men who do have a presence in the film tend to be on the outside looking in. That said, whilst UFC fans will delight in seeing their favourites flexing their acting muscles, for everyone else, this will be nothing more than a knockabout exploitation flick.