I at first wasn’t too sure about watching this and had no high hopes as there has been little advertisement on this film and really isn’t as big of a production as the likes of Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter. I am happy to report that Tekken is faithful to the game, not to mention the costumes are spot on. Of course, there were many stupid things in this movie. When Jin was attacked inside his room, Christie Monteiro can’t even break the door by force! She has to break the window with something nearby, and then open the door using handle? As far as a balls to the wall action video game adaptation, I guess I should have expected the director to move the story along in a way that made my stomach turn. Basically, the ‘deep’ plot revolves around teenage fighter Jin Kazama in his attempts to enter the Iron Fist Tournament to avenge the loss of his mother.
We are introduced to this violent world through the eyes of Jin Kazama. There is no background to the characters being shown, for example the whole world is fallen in to corruption, but how? They probably figured that if they include MTV styled quick cuts to try and put through that feeling of adrenaline pumping, we would forget all about the lame storyline. It reminded me of the type of films you see late at night on SYFY, and I would advise all hardcore fans to treat this like the anime and shun it.
The fan base of gamers makes it hard for movie studios to want to give up on making films like these so sadly, we’ll probably be seeing a sequel soon. I would also like to point out that for those familiar with the video game, Hehachi was suppose be the final boss of a few tekken video game series… but was opposite in the movie…WTF! The plot was thin, the character motivations were practically nil and the fight scenes were shot with far too many cuts. The acting ranged from over the top to poor. The more I write about this movie the more I keep wanting to lower my initial rating.
Another good point I realized while browsing reviews of this film, was why on Earth would a fighting tournament allow a guy in full armor fight a guy without any armor? Seems a bit unfair. Thank god, they didn’t drag the movie as it sat right under a duration of 90 minutess, which is okay for me. In fact, that might be the best thing about the film. Viewers will get full blow-by-blow action shot from different angles without being blurry. In the end, it is a nice touch but you will be scratching your head by the end of the tournament when some of the fighters are pronounced K.O. If your curiousity is getting the better of you, by all means see this film, but you have been warned.