Monday, June 11, 2012
Writer: Matthew Sand, J. Michael Straczynski
Director: James McTeigue
Starring: Rain, Naomi Harris
Ninja schools take babies and abuse them until they become ninjas. One such ninja takes issue with something that happens in his house and bucks the system.
it was like they blew all the budget for the whole movie on the CG blood. it's kind of a cop out. i might have enjoyed this a little more if there was a little more creative effort put into the gore. the story was eh. the acting was eh. the fight scenes were a little cooler. i can be down with exaggerated gore. it works for this type of shaw brothers homage, but see 2nd sentence. disappointed. the quality reminded me of "the ministers" which is not a good thing. this had potential, but it seemed to miss its intended mark. i was disappointed.
That synopsis is not vague because I'm trying to hide spoilers. It's vague because the movie gave me nothing in the plot on which to latch my attention. Some of the fights were pretty cool--one of them is even in the rain!--and some of the reveals were alright.
There's nothing here that you couldn't find in an older movie. But you'd likely have to dig through that older movie's story and character development to find what you seek.
Also, isn't "Ninja Assassin" redundant?