Screen Rant has been tracking the Scott Mann-directed action thriller The Tournament for a few months. The independent film by the UK director has been shopping for a distributor for awhile now and even opened L.A. Scream Fest recently in hopes of getting picked up for US distribution. It would appear the struggling Weinstein Company has done just that but unfortunately it will be for DVD release only and it comes out this Tuesday, October 20th.
The Tournament stars Ving Rhames (Mission Impossible), Kelly Hu (X-Men 2), Ian Somerhalder (Lost), and Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum) as a group of elite assassins that converge on an unsuspecting town to compete in a deadly game of King of the Mountain where the last man standing wins $10 million dollars and the title of the world's greatest assassin. Robert Carlyle (Stargate Universe) is a priest that gets unwittingly dragged into the game and must find a way to survive a situation that he is very much not prepared for.
Today we have a couple of video clips from the movie courtesy of our friends at Twitch. The first is a fight scene between the gorgeous Kelly Hu and ass-kicker Scott Adkins. The second shows Robert Carlyle going about his day unknowing that he is being hunted by a female sniper. Enjoy:
It's too bad that US distributors think audiences are only interested in watching crap like Dragonball: Evolution and Final Destination in the theaters while enjoyable action flicks like The Tournament, Black Death and Solomon Kane struggle to just get a DVD release. It's all about remakes/sequels and established brand name recognition.
What did you think of the video clips and will you rent or buy The Tournament on Tuesday?
The Tournament lands on shelves October 20th, 2009.