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Fear not the weapon, but the hand that wields it.
Ninja Assassin follows Raizo (Rain), one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge.
Let's see this one is extremely gory....is fast paced.....has some impressive action scenes....and has 100s of deadly ninjas....what more could you want from a movie? Well how about a story that is slightly more believable?
In this one.....our hero (Rain) is a young ninja that turns his back on the ninja clan that raised him. Rain turns out to be the baddest ninja out there....as he protects Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean movies) who has been targeted for assassination by his old clan. Movie is pretty much action from start to finish....most is pretty impressive....just be prepared for lots and lots of blood and flying body parts.
Final thought. Although this is nowhere near a great movie....it is never boring and action fans will really enjoy. Probably not a good date night movie though.
Does what it says on the shuriken.
When I first watched this I absolutely hated it. Goofy over the top action, terrible dialogues, way too dark scenery that made it hard to see what's happening and way too much CGI blood fountains. Somehow down the line the world changed to this movie's favour: First I got myself a big screen HD TV and a BluRay player, so I'm perfectly able to see what is going on and second I have seen so many movies with terrible CGI blood that this actually looks kinda amazing. Almost brilliant.
It's a completely over the top Ninja movie that is unapologetically and unnecessarily violent, has the look of a Wachowski movie, takes place in Berlin and features Sho Kosugi…
The Wachowski siblings produced and James McTeigue directed Ninja Assassin is probably the closest we will ever get to seeing a movie adaption of the Ninja Gaiden games.
The South Korean popstar and actor Rain stars as Raizo, a rogue Ninja who fights against the members of his old clan who serve as secret assassins for governments and anyone with enough gold.
And Raizo slices his way through dozens upon dozens of foes here. With frequent usage of swords, kicks, punches or his favourite weapon, a kusari-fundo knife, Ninja Assassin becomes one over the top gore-fest.
A lot of the gore, be it blood or flying limbs, is CGI but thanks to the slick, stylised look that works surprisingly well.…
i feel i largely underrated this upon release. it scans now much less like a Golan-Globus homage (and not an entirely successful one) than manga-inspired, closer to something like Baby Cart. and while i generally deplore the use of CGI blood, it's deployed pretty advantageously here. first, there's a shitload of it, everywhere, which i'm in favor of no matter how it's achieved. second, and more importantly, ninja business is best done in the dark, an element most ninja movies tend to have a tough time capturing, and the digital blood here allows a much more graphic approach to framing and cutting the shadow/nighttime stuff, almost like McTeigue is using its plastic brightness to direct your eye. it's pretty lovely.
still, of the "modern" stuff this is not as good as Florentine's NINJA or my personal favorite, the Christopher Lambert vehicle THE HUNTED.
Severely underrated film from the Wachowskis and their protege, James McTeigue. "Ninja Assassin" is stylishly photographed on a low-budget and filled to the brim with ultra-gory violence, often feeling like an anime come to life. It features enough ninja training flashbacks to last a lifetime, while the presence of 80's icon Sho Kosugi serves as a welcome bonus for anyone who remembers the Golan-Globus era.
In fact, I dare say this movie is more of a tribute to 80's-style action than "The Expendables," what with our well-oiled hero dispatching foes with ease despite grievous flesh wounds and a delirious climax involving a SWAT team attacking a secret ninja lair. Haters be damned, "Ninja Assassin" is one of the most potent guilty pleasures of the past 10 years.
People may disagree with me, but I really enjoyed this film.
The action scenes are great, interesting and well done. The bloody fight scenes are amazing, I liked the grotesque ambience and exaggeration which seems to be characteristic to japanese samurai films (Kill Bill vol 1 plays with that style).
The screenplay surprised me a lot, since I was not expecting a complex and well written story. However, direction and actings fall far short of. It could be better, but it's still a recommended film to be watched, especially if you are looking for something entertaining.
(I must say that I appreciated the fact that he does not wield a sword - like all and any ninja - but a kind of chain with blades on it)
É um filme legal, bacana, mas só pra passar o tempo. Não há boas atuações, apesar de elas não comprometerem. O que tem de melhor mesmo são as cenas de ação, mesmo que o sangue feito não seja um dos melhores que já vi, sendo em vários momentos ele não sendo muito bem feito. Apesar desses defeitos, as cenas de ação são ótimas e bastante divertidas, principalmente no clímax. É até bem dirigido, mas nada demais. Ninja Assassino acaba sendo apenas um passatempo que logo será esquecido, mesmo tendo ótimas e divertidas cenas de ação.
Cool SFX, typical plot.
A violent and bloody ninja film. We don't have enough ninja movies these days, so it was great to see this one. It's got some killer fights, with plenty of heads, limbs and got knows what else being chopped off.
Story is good, acting is serviceable, and the script, well, it's ok. With this kind of film, you just gotta let go and enjoy the ride. Sho Kosugi from the 80s era ninja films plays the bad guy...so that is pretty cool.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Ninjas and gore.
5/5. a Masterpiece.
Does what it says on the shuriken.
#filmreview Ninja Assassin:3 Stars:Blood Soaked Martial Arts with bigger budget than average & magical Ninjas. Turn brain off, view & enjoy.
In which... some decent action is hampered by poor plotting and cliche galore... but Rain was a far better actor than I expected.
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