The more I hear about the upcoming movie “The Tournament”, the more I’m convinced it could be really good or really average. To be honest with you, the premise sounds more than a little “B-Movie” territory to me. It reminds me of the ’90s, when indie producers would throw together a “tournament plotline” and get a bunch of non-actors to fight in a cage, bookending the whole thing with a lame storyline to justify all the action they’re getting from the gratuitous fights. But in any case, Scott Mann’s “The Tournament” have added three faces to its cast: Ving Rhames, Robert Carlyle, and Kelly Hu.
The plot (as written by Mann himself):
Every ten years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 40 of the world’s deadliest assassins. The last man standing receiving the $10,000,000 cash prize and the title of Worlds No1, which itself carries the legendary million dollar a bullet price tag. All fights are monitored 24hrs a day on redirected CCTV cameras and broadcast secretly to a ring of high stake billionaire gamblers. A gritty, multistranded action-thriller, The Tournament brings together international killers from every imaginable discipline in a blood-bathed contest to the death. We follow the competition favourites through stories of love, betrayal, revenge and redemption as they finally discover the true value of life.
See what I mean? You used to be able to run into your local videostore and bump into 20 movies with the exact same premise back in the ’90s, usually starring either Don “The Dragon” Wilson, Olivier Gruner, or one of the dozen of guys vying to replace Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme via the videostore circuit.
I hope this one is better, because the premise doesn’t fill me with very much hope.
Then there’s this video at YouTube. It looks like a trailer, but there are some problems: the roles that Rhames, Carlyle, and Hu are supposed to be playing are being played by other people, which makes me believe the movie has been recast with bigger names since Mann started shooting. Also, the trailer basically gives away the film’s Third Act plot twist, so SPOILERS.