The Tournament

October 8th, 2009


The Tournament

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Every seven years in an unsuspecting town, The Tournament takes place. A battle royale between 30 of the world's deadliest assassins...

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.1/10 (15,602 voted)

Director: Scott Mann

Stars: Ving Rhames, Robert Carlyle, Kelly Hu

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.

Writers: Gary Young, Jonathan Frank

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 - 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

Taglines: Every Seven Years The World's Greatest Assassins Gather ... Only One Will Survive


Official Website: Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 8 October 2009

Filming Locations: Bulgaria

Box Office Details

Budget: $8,000,000 (estimated)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Ian Somerhalder and Kelly Hu both play assassins in this movie. They both play vampires in The Vampire Diaries.

Revealing mistakes: Miles Slade's face had extended burns after Joshua Harlow split alcohol on him. But no hair from his beard and eyelashes was burned, as clearly visible on his first contact with Father MacAvoy in the car.

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

User Review

Believe me, Middlesborough never looked better....

Rating: 7/10

There are only three other reviews here so far: two give this 10 (Err... two different named reviewers, identical reviews, duplicate memo to PR team please....idiots) and the other 1 so let's assume some will love this and others will hate it. I'll try to review it....

Plot: pretty easy sell, every seven years the top assassins hold the tournament; they kill each other until the last survivor wins it all; all organized, tracked, and betted on by billionaires, of course.

The whole thing is kind of like no limit hold'em.... but they can't all dodge bullets, baby. Think Tekken and you're not in the right area, it is better than Uwe Boll and that ilk.

Not quite lineage as Guy Ritchie (Obviously) but only needing Jason Stratham this is exactly what is says on the box: an out and out kill or be killed cartoonish film.

Filming is good, nothing too dark or menacing but just nice.

It's not Battle Royale but if action is your thing and you liked Death Race 2000, Shoot Em'Up or Wanted then you'll be happy enough.

Any gripes about morality are irrelevant here, this is in a moral vacuum, and so are plot holes, logic, or how heads explode like watermelons, this is either your type of film or you should really it avoid totally.

Yep, it's violent - limbs fly, people die in well, imaginative ways - but it is not horror.

It's all well put together, nicely cast, and creates enough interest; better than just hunt or be hunted there is a real plot and even character development...

Oh and great to choose Middlesborough, seriously one of the ugliest, most desolate pile of concrete crap evaar...ha ha....shooting it up the kyber pass can only improve it....

This is a movie to watch with mates and wince and cheer to....


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