"Balls of Fury" is a 2007 American sports comedy movie directed by Robert Ben Garant. Produced by Gary Barber and Roger Birnbaum, the motion picture's plot is based upon a previous professional table tennis player, Randy Daytona (Dan Fogler), who is hired by the FBI to investigate a high-stakes underground Ping-Pong competition.Plot
The story begins at the 1988 Olympic Games, where an 80's rock sensation, Def Leppard, rhythmically moves the American table tennis prodigy, Randy Daytona, into an adrenaline-fueled match versus a formidable East German opponent. However, his defeat results in his father's death and he spirals down into disgrace and obscurity.
Nearly two decades later, Randy is coping with his dad's best friend, who runs a Ping-Pong Supply and Bird Rental store. As a washed-up gamer performing in filthy Reno casinos, Randy's luck deviates when FBI agent Rodriguez (George Lopez) blackmails him into a hidden objective to reduce the evil Feng (Christopher Walken), who reportedly killed his father.Covert Mission
Rodriguez sees a chance to infiltrate Feng's annual, invitation-only, Ping-Pong competition to which Feng only welcomes past winners of major champions. Feng, a supposed fan of Randy due to his Olympic showdown, is a criminal mastermind involved in illegal arms dealing. The representative believes Feng's secret competition might be a front for his illegal activities and arranges for Randy to get in the competitors, hopeful that he may be able to bring Feng to justice and fix the decades-old case of his daddy's murder.The Tournament
Daytona is introduced to a blind ping-pong master, Wong (James Hong), and his niece, Maggie (Maggie Q), who accept train him for the competition, giving Randy a much-needed overhaul of his video game and spiritual enlightenment. During the competition, Randy learns about the fatal stakes of losing in Feng's competition. The players are eliminated not merely from the video game but from the world, as losers face abrupt death.Conclusion
Randy conquers numerous challenging and fatal opponents, only to finally take on against his old rival. He effectively wins, avenging his daddy's death, bringing Feng to justice, and abolishing the lethal tournament once and for all.Critical Reception
"Balls of Fury" is a film laced with humor, adventurous martial arts, and numerous Ping-Pong battles. Regardless of its whimsical storyline, the movie performed unsatisfactorily at package office and got general negative evaluations, slamming it for its lack of creativity and humor. Nevertheless, the performances, especially that of Christopher Walken, were positively kept in mind. While some audiences appreciated its pure silliness and over-the-top shenanigans, "Balls of Fury" mostly had a hard time to score points with critics. Regardless, it has considering that its release acquired a moderate fanbase, with some viewers discovering charm in its ridiculous premise and outrageous humor.