The Tournament (2009)
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as Joshua Harlow
as Miles Slade
as Joseph MacAvoy
as Lai Lai Zhen
as Yuri Petrov
as Gene Walker
as Lina Sofia
as Anton Bogart
as Sarah Hunter
as Pete Evans
Critic Reviews for The Tournament
High energy hokum that goes nowhere but does it at high speed.
With this plot gimmick, it should have been more fun than it is.
Audience Reviews for The Tournament
Explosions and the promise of all the best assassins being brought together you'd think for an all out battle but just limps on.
Death by elimination Entertaining movie even though it could have been alot better. It had many errors in the movie, alot of scenes the clock/timer was not properly going as it should, many details just like that were noticeable which weren't that important but they were there to at least distract me. The plot and the characters could have been more explained including there origin, not all but the most important. Overall the movie is entertaining with tons of action and sometime's even funny. Every seven years a tournament takes place in an unsuspecting town where 30 of the world's deadliest killers battle to see who is best and for the ten million dollar cash prize. Returning champion Joshau Harlow (Ving Rhames) is back because he has been informed that one of this year's contestants is responsible for the death of his wife. Each contestant has a tracking marker surgically implanted inside them so that they (and the viewers) can track their opponents. A parkour style assassin (Sebastien Foucan from Casino Royale) cuts out his tracker and ditches it in a cup of coffee which is then drunk and swallowed by alcoholic Father Joseph Macavoy (Robert Carlyle). Chinese assassin Lai Lai Zen (Kelly Hu) realizes quickly that Joseph Macavoy is not a player and decides to keep him alive.
A simple if entertaining action film. A plot that has been done quite a few times now, this time based around a group of assassins taking over a small town every 7 years for a battle royale to find the last one standing. Tons of action in this, some good fights, chase scenes and stunts and quite a bit of blood. The standard of the cast including Ving Rhames, Ian Somerhalder of Vampire Diaries, and the pace of the film raise it above average. Very enjoyable eye fodder!
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