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WARRIORS OF VIRTUE

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WARRIORS OF VIRTUE is a case study on how not to do a fantasy picture for children. Containing extensive violence, clichés, a confusing story, and a ridiculous, annoying villain, this movie is anything but virtuous and true. Young Ryan falls into a pool of water and ends up in the land of Tao, a land of magical thinking and karate fighting kangaroos. In Tao, Ryan befriends a beautiful Princess and a wise Master. They tell him that Komodo wants to steal a Lifespring which will enable him to live forever. Ryan endures countless proverbs from the creatures of Tao, until he understands one which helps the warriors defeat Komodo.

This movie is ambitious in set design and costuming, but it fails on every other account. The words of wisdom that get lost in their rapid fire delivery and have no real application in the story are most tiresome. Some of the adages are virtuous, but most come from Eastern Religion. Parents will be upset at the great amount of fighting in this movie. Most disturbing is a series of obscenities that is out of place in this movie which boasts of virtue. WARRIORS OF VIRTUE is all dressed up with action and special effects, but has no moral place to go.

Content:

(OOO, Pa, NA, B, L, VVV, N, M) Occult worldview with lots of magical thinking & some moral elements; 6 obscenities & 3 profanities; extensive martial arts violence, fighting, implied murder, & bullying; cleavage; and, miscellaneous immorality including image of boy on toilet

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WARRIORS OF VIRTUE is a case study on how not to do a fantasy picture for children. Containing extensive action violence, silly clichés, a confusing story, a ridiculous and annoying villain, and some heroes that are a rip-off of TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, this movie is anything but virtuous and true.

The theme is as old as story itself. A young boy named Ryan (Mario Yedidia) thinks he is inferior to the other boys since he has a brace on his leg. During a bet, Ryan falls into a pool of water and ends up in another world. This is the land of Tao, a land of mythical, magical thinking and karate fighting kangaroos – the warriors of virtue.

In Tao, Ryan befriends a beautiful Princess Elysia (Marley Shelton) and a wise old Master Chung (Chao-Li Chi). They tell Ryan that a villain named Komodo (Angus MacFadyen ) wants to drain and steal a natural resource called a Lifespring which will enable him to live forever. Komodo has stolen the Lifesprings of other communities which subsequently perished. Ryan endures countless adages and proverbs from all the creatures of Tao, until he finally understands one which helps the warriors finally defeat Komodo.

This movie is ambitious in set design and costuming, but it fails on every other account. Tao itself looks exactly like the Degobah system from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Most of the mystical speak sounds just like something Yoda might say concerning the force. The words of wisdom that get lost in their rapid fire delivery and have no real application in the story are very tiresome. Some of the adages are virtuous, but most of them come straight from Eastern Religion.

Parents will also be upset at the great amount of fighting that occurs in this movie, some to the point of bloodshed. Most disturbing is a brief but stinging series of obscenities that totally seems out of place in this mythical movie which boasts of virtue. (Apparently the writers don’t think clean language is virtuous.)

Angus MacFadyen (who played Robert The Bruce in BRAVEHEART) seems most irritating as the villain. He overacts constantly and doesn’t seem to have any motivation for living longer. He certainly doesn’t seem to enjoy his villainy. Similarly, all other performances are forgettable, or passable at best.

WARRIORS OF VIRTUE is all dressed up with action and special effects, but has no moral or logistical place to go. As a viewer, you too may wish to escape this magical world to return to the safety of home.


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