Check out the trailer for Enter the Warriors Gate, a fantasy-actioner co-written and produced by French filmmaker Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets).
The film tells the story of a teen gamer (Uriah Shelton) who is magically transported to China and learns to convert his video game skills into those of a Kung Fu warrior. He’ll also have to help take down a cruel barbarian king (Dave Bautista) and save a princess the baddie intends to wed without her consent.
Yeesh, talk about a cringe-fest. This looks pretty laughable, which could mean there may just be some so-bad-it’s-good moments to enjoy here and there, but there’s no denying the straight-to-video stylings, the we’re-ignoring-the-sensitive-racial-climate elements, and the cliche-filled plot. Then again, that’s just what this writer got from the trailer alone, and hey, this would have likely been something I’d want to see as an 8-year-old kid.
Directed by Matthias Hoene, known for the 2012 horror-comedy Cockneys vs Zombies.
Enter the Warrior Gate, which looks to be banking on Bautista’s presence to gather viewers (at least if the poster below is anything to go by), will hit select US cinemas, On Demand, iTunes, and Amazon on May 5.
Synopsis for Enter the Warriors Gate:
Epic fantasy-adventure meets martial arts action in this thrilling film written by Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen. After a mysterious chest opens a gateway through time, teen gamer Jack (Uriah Shelton) is transported to an ancient empire terrorized by a cruel barbarian king (former WWE superstar Dave Bautista). Jack will need all of his gaming skills as he battles to defeat the barbarian, protect a beautiful princess, and somehow find his way back home.