Movie of the week: The Tournament

By admin
23 March 2010

What’s it about?

Every seven years 30 of the world’s most violent murderers are released from jail and taken to an island where they must fight to the death until just one remains standing.

Who will enjoy it?

Very few people. If you play violent computer games for breakfast or are more familiar with the Saw and Hostel horror franchises than your own family history, you may just relate to it. This movie is horribly violent but unlike in films such as The Hurt Locker there’s no motivation for the violence. It exceeds all moral boundaries and tests the limits of your endurance. It’s a bit much to expect audiences to watch for 100 minutes as people kill, maim and impale one another in every way imaginable. If the violence was somehow justified – for instance if it was to show how only the strongest will survive in a post-apocolyptic world – it might have made sense. But this is unadulterated, gratuitous masochism.

Wait for DVD?

No. It’s not worth watching on the big screen either – even the distributors had their doubts and it took some months before they reluctantly released it. The film brings new depth to the concept of horror violence and it’s impossible to care about any of the characters. And yes, you guessed it, the twist in the tale is when you eventually realise they’re not all who they seem. Grotesque and unacceptable.

Similar films

The Ninja Assassin, Punisher: War Zone, Transporter 3

Popcorn facts

- Robert Carlyle worked in a butchery before becoming famous as an actor.

- His mother abandoned him at age four.

Rating: 1/5

Violent action. With ROBERT CARLYLE, KELLY HU and VING RHAMES.

Director: Scott Mann. 16LVN. Opens 26 March.

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