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Advocates finding one's own strength: A warrior spirit may be hiding inside until it's called upon. Running doesn't solve problems, especially with bullies; standing up to them is the answer. Some explicit messages: In the face of evil, "you always have a choice." "Might does not make right; right makes right." "Live in the moment." "Never wake a sleeping wizard."
Positive Role Models
Bullied teen becomes warrior over course of film. He finds courage, develops skills, is loyal and responsible, and learns to value himself. Female lead is courageous, strong, and powerful, except in scenes in which she's either held captive or hanging from handcuffs. Villain is totally evil.
Violence & Scariness
Martial arts action from start to finish. Multiple all-out brawling to the death. All manner of medieval weapons, swordplay, stabbings, kidnappings, fierce hand-to-hand combat, bloodshed, on-camera deaths (often from sword through the midsection). Heroes frequently in peril. Many narrow escapes. Teen bullying.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Flirting. One kiss.
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Infrequent profanity: "butt," "s--t," "a--hole," "d--kweed."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Enter the Warriors Gate is an action-packed, martial arts fantasy-adventure in which a mild-mannered, bullied teen is magically transported to a barbaric world. On his mission to find and save a beautiful princess, he encounters a powerful villain who wants to marry the princess, kill her, and then become emperor of China. He meets assorted warriors and a magician, all the while learning as much about himself as he does about ancient codes of behavior and the skills of the martial arts. The beleaguered young hero is no sooner out of danger than he's caught up in another fight for his life. Expect fearsome battles with swordplay, knives, all manner of medieval weaponry, fire, and many deaths during the explosive combat. In a running "joke," a henchman runs his sword through the midsection of innocents. The princess is strong, skilled in martial arts, and able to hold her own against the armies of men who would capture her, except when she's hanging from handcuffs or held captive. Occasional profanity includes "s--t," "butt," "a--hole," and "d--kweed." Teen action lovers will find much to like. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
An endearing performance by Uriah Shelton as the hero, a hint of romance, and countless fierce battle sequences will please young adventure fans and might also appeal to lovers of fairy tales. Working from a script co-written by action-master Luc Besson and directed with flair by Matthias Hoene, Enter the Warriors Gate has enough humor and character development to make a routine "save the princess" story special. The fish-out-of-water time-travel sequences work well. And while teen bullying isn't an original concept, impressive bicycle chases make that story element sing. The martial arts sequences are not of the ethereal, balletic genre but are hard-hitting and bloodletting and include an array of graphic killings, all well shot. On the down side, a few odd song choices distract from the story at hand, and not all the performances are stellar. This film is best for teens, especially those who like wizards, magic, mentors, and teens coming into their own, along with brutal action.
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