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The Tournament (2009)

A tournament is watched by dozens of wealthy men betting on which one of the 30 assassins will survive the next 24 hours "kill or die" and claim the USD10,000,000 prize. It takes place in an English town with plenty of CCTVs.

Director:

Scott Mann
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Carlyle ... Father MacAvoy
Kelly Hu ... Lai Lai Zhen
Ian Somerhalder ... Miles Slade
Liam Cunningham ... Powers
Ving Rhames ... Joshua Harlow
Sebastien Foucan ... Anton Bogart
Craig Conway ... Steve Tomko
John Lynch ... Gene Walker
Nick Rowntree Nick Rowntree ... Eddy Cusack
Rachel Grant ... Lina Sofia
Bashar Rahal ... Asa Sadi
Andy Nyman ... Tech Eddie
Iddo Goldberg ... Tech Rob
Scott Adkins ... Yuri Petrov
Camilla Power ... Powers Assistant
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Storyline

Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No 1, which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Every Seven Years The World's Greatest Assassins Gather ... Only One Will Survive See more »

Genres:

Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 July 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bérgyilkosok viadala See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ian Somerhalder and Kelly Hu both play assassins in this movie. They both play vampires in The Vampire Diaries (2009). See more »

Goofs

Around 1h14m34s the smoke trail from the pyrotechnic used to flip the vehicle is visible during the motorway chase after the red car is launched into the air following one of the crashes See more »

Quotes

Gene Walker: What's the matter, Mr. Harlow? Are you out of bullets? Why, here, have some of mine!
[opens fire]
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Alternate Versions

German retail version is cut by ca. three minutes to secure a "Not under 18" rating. The version released in Austria/Switzerland is cut as well (the killing of the dog). See more »

Soundtracks

Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
Performed by Ruth Jacott
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Farcical Pumped-Up Action
20 October 2009 | by drunkenhopfrogSee all my reviews

If there is one glorious thing about making movies going in to the second decade of the millennium, it's that someone can have a successful movie, and a pretty good movie, that does not have to have a theater run to gain an audience or make money. There has been plethora of direct to DVD or direct to OnDemand releases that are just as good, or better, or better in a different way, than a lot of wide release movies. Usually the biggest difference between the two are marketability. The main consideration for marketability is the star power of the cast or the filmmakers.

Ving Rhames, one of the stars in the ensemble cast of "The Tournament," is probably the most marketable name associated with the movie. Most people still remember him as Marcellus Wallace from Pulp Fiction, so that right there gives a clue as to the marketability of "the Tournament." That's OK. "The Tournament" should live on in DVD rentals and sales for years to come.

"The Tournament" is ridiculous in its attempt at scripting and plot. The concept and continuity is as (un)developed as a Jason Statham franchise. But the action. Oh, my, the action is dialed to the extreme.

The "plot" is that every seven years the best assassins from all over the word are gathered together in a small town to go at each other in a free ranging field of play until there is one man or woman left standing. This year the action takes place in Middlesborough, a small town in the UK. The advantage of this small town is that it has more closed circuit cameras than any place else in the world. Therefore a team of hackers led by a dude that looks like my friend Spike (of the famous podcast The Paul & Spike Show) can somehow gain control of all of these cameras and bring live feeds of the action to a room full of billionaires from all over the world that are placing bets on the contestants. The group is hosted by Powers (Liam Cunningham), who channels the most campy essence of Richard Dawson from The Running Man .

Included assassins are Joshua Harlow (Rhames), the defending champ who is only back to settle a score; Lai Lai Zhen (Kelly Hu), a killer with a conscience; Miles Slater (Ian Somerhalder) a crazy killer from Texas; and the alcoholic Father Joseph Macavoy (Robert Carlyle) who, through a devious tactic by another assassin, gets pulled into the game against his will.

What develops is a farcical stretch of anyone's credulity, but the action is so fun and violence so over-the-top that a fan of the action genre cannot help but to enjoy the show. The gore level of the violence is nearly on par with Stallone's Rambo and the physical stunts (many actually done by this fun cast) are the high flying craziness of District 13-style.

The finale comes as a bit of a surprise in that it revisits a style similar to action movies of the 80s and 90s. The satisfaction level of the ending is very high.

"The Tournament" is a blast for action fans. The movie is simple with only a hint of a plot that's only purpose is to set up action sequence on top of action sequence. If one starts to deconstruct the plot too much, it is revealed for the silly and contrived object of convenience that it is. So don't. Pop the flick in, grab a pizza and a craft beer, and enjoy the show.


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