Enter The Warrior’s Gate

posted 17 May 2018, 14:22 by Paul Woodward

Genre: Action / Adventure

Stars: Uriah Shelton / Mark Chao / Ni Ni / Dave Bautista / Francis Ng / Sienna Guillory

Director: Matthias Hoene

Certificate: 12

Run Time: 1hr 48mins

Year: 2016

A Teenager, Jack is gifted a box by his employer which unbeknownst to him is a gate way to ancient China. He awakens to find a warrior asking him protect a Princess, believing he is the ‘Black Knight’ a video game avatar Jack created. The Princess is kidnapped and taken back through the portal and Jack chases her. The film follows Jack and the warrior Zhoo journey to rescue her from Arun – who plans to marry her in a bid to become the next emperor.

This film is obviously aimed at a Teenage audience, with themes about empowerment and over the top goofy comedy. It’s ok for what it is, but it is nothing special even if I had seen this as a Teen I wouldn’t have been awed by it even with it’s fancy action sequences full of wire work.

Dave Bautista is perfectly cast as the bad guy Arun, menacing and scary and a believable onscreen nemesis of the young hero Jack. Bautista’s acting range is limited, which is why he’s so perfect as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy. A lot of the acting is frantic and overblown none more so than Francis Ng as the Wizard who helps Jack. It’s just a little too OTT for me on the whole and the genuine belly laughs are few and far between.

The special effects are pretty good on the whole and the two main leads Jack and the Princess are likeable and you’ll like how their story progresses. It just feels bland and doesn’t really excite you as a viewer. Kids and young teens will probably enjoy it, but its not a film I will probably recommend or watch again.

It’s not a bad film, just an unremarkable one. If it’s on TV or you’re looking for something to waste a couple of hours with and can’t find anything else it will occupy your attention, just keep your expectations low and enjoy it for what it is.

5/10

Review By Woody

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