The Tournament details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Ian Somerhalder, Robert Carlyle, Ving Rhames, Kelly Hu, Scott Adkins, Liam Cunningham, John Lynch, Andy Nyman, Bashar Rahal, Craig Conway, Sebastien Foucan|
|Studio:||ENTERTAINMENT IN VIDEO|
|Run time:||1 hour 32 minutes|
|Rental release:||08 Nov 2010|
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pretty forgettableBy gyl (17 reviews) from Glasgow , 15 Oct 2010
[Highly rated reviewer]read the description of this and it took me a few seconds to remember i've already seen it. it's just predictable, action is nothing you've not seen 1000 times before and most of the acting is average at best.
so why 3 stars? i LIKE movies that do what they say on the tin, although i would've preferred robert carlyle's character to be less of a wimpy priest and more begbie. if you've had a hard week and need something mindless for a friday night then consider this
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If you go down to Middlesbrough todayBy TheWatchman (755 reviews) from Suburbia , 10 Aug 2013then youre sure to be in for a surprise. I confess I have never been to Middlesbrough, but, based on what Ive seen in The Tournament I can obviously expect to see a pretty deserted city where the few remaining inhabitants appear to adopt a live and let live policy to car chases on the motorway, shoot outs in strip clubs, exploding petrol stations, policemen being shot in the street, burning men running through the streets and bus hijackings. For all these events are apparently all part of everyday life in Middlesbrough especially when the thirty greatest assassins in the world have come together to play a last man standing game of death in the city, all for the benefit of some of the most clichéd billionaires ever seen. You may have to suspend quite a lot of disbelief to truly get anything out of this film, like the way the billionaires can see every inch of Middlesbrough courtesy of CCTV cameras which can apparently peek inside buildings as well as watch streets. Its hardly a masterpiece, with many of the characters sporting fake American accents and Liam Cunningham speaking some of the most badly-written lines ever committed to film script. There is so much wrong with this movie its hard to list all its faults. However, theres still enough action in it to titillate most action-junkies. Its pretty forgettable, but not entirely awful. Robert Carlyle lends it a certain credibility, but Ving Rhames just looks a bit too old and fat to be believable.
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Mindless drivelBy a customer , 08 Jul 2013Ok for a bit of action, but just doesn't quite cut it. Interesting idea but something is missing for me. One to watch if you can't find anything else!!
Not a Film About SnookerBy Robinski (180 reviews) from Glasgow , 29 Jun 2013An OTT gore-fest from the start, its a clunky B-movie in terms of action, plot and dialog, but if you accept it as that youll be fine with it. Presumably some of the actors are more stunt performers than actors judging from of the delivery, fists talking louder than script, but the characters abilities as assassins are truly terrible to the extent that most crazed lunatics would be embarrassed at the lack of stealth and accuracy. That a drunken priest and the worlds greatest hitman are at the moral centre of the film tells you all you need to know. Robert Carlyle is his likeable self, and Ving Rhames has a stone-faced nobility despite his profession, Kelly Hus character is not very convincing (not her fault though, blame the writer), but its Ian Somerhalder who steels all his scenes as the completely barking Texan gunslinger and all round psychopath. The gore has a touch of Bad-Taste-with-a-budget about it, but as long as your expectations are not great thisll probably do the job.
Tournament - the challenge ? make a decent filmBy PhatFester (28 reviews) , 20 Apr 2013So the film has a lot of gore but you could watch Rambo which at least has a plausible story compared to this. Contract killers with compassion, priests that have lost and found their faith due to the risk of being killed, killers turning over a new leaf, just pathetic. Cliche scenes stolen from others movies, watch out for the 'let me introduce you to my little friend' scene. Save your time avoid this film, or at least have something to do at the same time as 'watching' it.
4 Star tournamentBy Boomachine (3 reviews) from Folkestone , 15 Apr 2013Anyone reading the synopsis for Scott Mann's film involving 30 of the world's deadliest assassins all competing until the bitter end for a $10,000,000 jackpot might think they have seen plenty more films like it already. Well you people would be right, but when is that a bad thing? A winning formula of action, stunts, explosions and a simple plot line of winner takes all certainly won me over. Robert Carlisle stars as Father Macavoy, a down and out priest, who happens to be in the wrong place at the wrong time as he unwittingly becomes a participant in the high stakes tournament that takes place every 7 years, with Britiain's north east city of Middlesbrough it's latest host. Taken under the wing of Asia's finest hitwoman Lai Lai Zhen (Kelly Hu), Macavoy must try and survive as the 30 leading killers, including the current champion and revenge seeking Joshua Harlow (Ving Rhames) hunt eachother and more importantly him.