Enter the Warriors Gate (2016)

The Warriors Gate (2016) 1h 48min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 18 November 2016 (China) Summary: A teenager is magically transported to China and learns to convert his video game skills into those of a Kung Fu warrior.
Countries: France, China, CanadaLanguages: English, Chinese, Khmer

Rated 12, Enter the Warriors Gate was a family movie watch with The Young Person.

A young man, bullied by his peers, unable to help his financially struggling mother save their home, pressured by his mother to work hard enough to earn a scholarship to college, seeks refuge in video games.

One day, his friendly part time employer gives him a large vase that has been in the employers’ family for generations. The next night, he is entrusted by a mysterious warrior with the safety of the young Imperial Princess from ancient China.

I would like to say that he undergoes a humble journey of transformation and emerges wiser and more appreciative. But of course he does not. He undergoes much the same journey that bumbling, unconfident young men always undergo in these story arcs. I won’t spoiler it but I’m sure you can guess.

The Young Person liked Enter the Warriors Gate, and it is aimed at that age group, so I guess that all in all it will do.

Luckily there are some other good characters that carry this movie as well: the Princess is quite nails to the degree that I’m actually surprised that at any point she requires rescuing by a young hero.

Dave Bautista also brings home another cracking performance as the villain, the barbarian leader Arun. I just love the dead-pan, serious way that he handles humorous lines.

“What about the third army?”
Arun: “We have a third army? Oh, just get them to loot and pillage.”

 

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