Directed By: Le-Van Kiet
Written By: Ben Lustig & Jake Thornton 
Cinematography: Lorenzo Senatore
Editor: Alex Fenn

Cast: Joey King, Dominic Cooper, Olga Kurylenko, Veronica Ngo, Alex Reid, Ed Stoppard, Kristofer Kamiyasu

When a strong-willed princess refuses to wed the cruel sociopath, she is kidnapped and locked in a remote tower of her father’s castle. With her vindictive suitor intent on taking her father’s throne, the princess must save the kingdom.

This film was like a female version of THE MUSKETEER. Only that film felt a little cutting edge. There is plenty of action but after a while, it feels very basic and less noteworthy. As the fights are definitely impressive at first but soon become mundane. Not because of the stunt work but because they start to look similar only with a different finish or challenge. As one might wear armor or might have a helmet. 

This film is also like a female teen version of THE RAID only not as violent and not as impressive. Only here the protagonist is working their way to the tower. The most violent act is saved for the villain in the end. It also doesn’t have as much humor but does try to say something about gender roles, even in medieval times.

There is nothing wrong with using previous elements to make a film that reaches a certain audience and while the film at least has its motivations. It still comes off more as an entertainment commercial rather than something with passion or a stronger heart, but if that is what you seek you shouldn’t be too disappointed.

I have to give it to the actress and star of this movie, Joey King. She certainly works a lot and has paid her dues. So it’s nice for her to get a film that she again gets to shine in as a star. 

The film is pretty cut and dry. You get what you expect and it is certainly entertaining with food fight choreography and a Slight sense of humor 

Grade: C-

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