It's Only Monday, But the Trailer for Arena May Be The Best Worst Thing You Watch All Week

jackson-arena-300.jpgBack in April of 2010 -- the same day Paramount started looking for a writer to reboot Mighty Mouse (true) -- it was announced that Samuel L. Jackson and Kellan Lutz would co-star in Deathgames, about a "young man (Lutz) who is kidnapped and forced into the savage world of a modern gladiator arena, where men fight to the death for entertainment of the online masses. Jackson orchestrates the games, overseeing them from his computer lair with the help of twin ladies who see to his every desire." Sounds like Gamer. How did it turn out?

Like Gamer! Only waaaaaaaay worse. Retitled Arena, the film will get released on Tuesday, Oct. 11, likely forgoing any theatrical run and arriving on DVD instead. For all parties involved, that's probably a good thing -- especially Lutz; he doesn't need another Love Wedding Marriage -- though it is a bit disappointing to think that precious few will get to see Jackson eat scenery like cotton candy. "How [dramatic pause] is he still STANDING?"

Watch below, and pay special attention to the dance Jackson does at 1:25. You won't be sorry. Or maybe you will; as the Movieline tipster who forwarded this trailer along warned, "It is very TERRIBLE."

VERDICT: Game over.

[via Movieweb]


  • metroville says:

    This considered, Paramount's gotta be thinking now that the prospective Mighty Mouse reboot looks like James Cameron's 'Danger Mouse Part II'.

  • Usherette says:


  • Matt says:

    This looks cheesy as hell, and lots of fun. I'm up for it, even if no one else is

  • Tommy Marx says:

    If you are showing fights in a virtual underground, why bother using real people? And wouldn't there be laws against, I don't know, kidnapping, torturing, and murdering married firefighters and deserted island survivors? Just trying to make sense of this trailer hurts my mind even more than it hurts my eyes, my imagination, my will to survive.

  • The WInchester says:

    No, sorry, that Parkour movie from 2 weeks ago looks FAR worse. This just looks stupid. That movie looks face-meltingly awful.