Thursday, 26 November 2009

Ninja Assassin

Dir: James McTeigue (V for Vendetta)
Cast: Rain, Naomie Harris, Shô Kosugi, Rick Yune, Ben Miles, Randall Duk Kim, Sung Kang
USA/Germany, 2009

Seen: November 25, 2009 at AMC

Reason to see: Ninjas!

Ninja Assassin has achieved a feat extraordinarily rare these days. It is not only the exact movie you think it is going to be from trailer (yes, that's a good thing... I had trailers that misrepresent!), but it goes beyond that and has even more to it. Albeit not a lot, but enough that it kept my attention 100% of the time. I knew it would be a fun movie, but it's more than fun as it serves up a bloody good time and even has a little heart too. Sure, some of the plot seems a little ridiculous but doesn't even try to hide that which makes it all the more awesome. It's completely aware of what kind of film it is and doesn't pretend to be anything else. And, it's about ninjas! How can you not like a film about ninjas? Fun times.

In terms of performances, this is Rain's movie as he steals the show as the ninja Raizo and he certainly did a lot of preparation for the role including 8 month of training. That preparation paid off as he's in ridiculously good physical condition and is very convincing in the fight scenes. The martial arts and action sequences are a great combination of intensity, interesting sets and creative lighting. I've heard a fair amount of people complain that they appear too dark but I think it's just right as it adds and air of mystery, and darkness kind of fits in with the, y'know... whole ninja thing. Overall, the fighting was freaking kick butt, and as gory as the results ended up the chain with the knife weapon was amazing. This film totally delivers in action, intensity and lots and lots of blood.

Warnings: Blood, gore, and several pretty strenuous/violent scenes with kids

Shannon's Overall View:
I loved it
I'll buy it
I'd recommend it as a fun action/martial arts film - but be ready for the buckets of blood

19 minutes (!) of preshow including 3 commercials and 6 previews: Sherlock Holmes, The Book of Eli, The Wolfman (2010), Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, Avatar and Shutter Island

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The Film Connoisseur said...

When I was a kid, all I did was draw ninjas! I was obsessed with them, so of course I will make an effort to go check this one out, it looks fun! Thanks for the positive review! I thought it would suck!

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with your review of "Ninja Assassin!" I saw it here in Vancouver during the VIFF (it was the first and only VIFF film I saw) and completely enjoyed it! Rain is in amazing physical shape and really stole the show here! I loved how unabashedly violent and fun the movie was. Yes, parts of the plot completely defy credulity, but that's all part of the overall fun of the movie!

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

Ninja's FTW! I hope you enjoy it Film Connoisseur, I really did!

Happy to hear that you got to see it tvlover1! Totally agree that Rain stole the show and yes, it's *fun*.

Suzie Ridler said...

Just finished watching and were you joking when you said it was your new bedtime story? OMG, the gore!!! We're not sure we have ever seen such a gory movie Shannon, LOL, but totally loved it. His performance was amazing, very impressive and the acting was way better than I was expecting. I totally agree with your review, great but gory!

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