The Tournament [2009] Movie Review Recommendation

The Tournament [2009]

As another best of the best flick, The Tournament is a decent, generic action movie. This time the best assassins from all over the world will fight each other until there is only one survivor. tournamentAnd that’s the plot. You have some diverse characters coming from different countries that will be classical stereotypical killers. But, you also have almost non-stop action with some pretty good and gory scenes of people’s heads exploding and burning. So you already know that this is a movie without story, plot and deep characters but with great scenes and good production values. If you are looking for those things in this type of movie I think you will wait a long time. The cast is very good, especially Ving Rhames and Robert Carlyle. He apparently can play anyone, from cannibals, gay priests, hooligans to I don’t know what….

Action scenes are awesome, without or with a little use of CGI, so expect some old school pounding. Movie reminded me of a thousand other movies with the same plot or even video games like The Club, so if you liked this type of bloodbath you might want to check them out, with the most recent addition of The Condamned, or some older flicks like Mean Guns and Battle Royal. It also reminded of Death Race with that smooth feel to it. Of course, if we’re going to talk history, we have to mention The Running Man from 1987, a movie so ahead of its time that it’s amazing that people are still waiting for it to become a cult classic.

Director: Scott Mann

Cast: Ian Somerhalder, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Hu, Ving Rhames, Scott Adkins

Fun Facts: Ian Somerhalder and Kelly Hu both play assassins in this movie. They both play vampires in The Vampire Diaries


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