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The Last Samurai
In the face of an enemy, in the Heart of One Man, Lies the Soul of a Warrior.
Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare -- in this lush epic set in the 1870s, which finds Algren learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.
Quite sound in its portrayal of old Japanese customs, traditions & way of life, nicely written by Zwick, convincingly performed by the cast, impressive work by the crew & featuring stunning music by Hans Zimmer, The Last Samurai is a tale of romanticism vs modernism, purity vs corruption & a conflict of two different cultures.
Although director Edward Zwick's research of Japanese history, culture, customs, traditions & accent is impressive, the plot could've made a greater impact than it did for the movie wasn't as emotionally investing as I expected. The camera work is really good, both in the battle scenes & in picturing the westernization of 19th century Japan. The landscapes are beautifully photographed & traditions effectively captured. The movie keeps a good pace throughout…
Edward Zwick is one of the most under-rated directors out there, but I don't feel this is entirely representative of his best work. Not to say it isn't a damn good film (it is), but it's plainly obvious that Hollywood had their hands on this.
The tone is inconsistent. One minute, there's a standard, generic Hollywood action scene, shot the same way all standard, generic Hollywood action scenes are shot. The next minute, however, is a very calm, still, introspective montage taken straight from Terrence Malick's playbook. If the movie was either a drama or an action film instead of trying to be both, I think it would have more of an identity. The pandering to the lowest-common-denominator viewer played…
The honour and code of the samurai has always been enticing to a Western civilisation that is far removed from such customs, which perhaps makes The Last Samurai such an enticing, enigmatic film. Edward Zwick crafts quite an epic adventure rich in mythology & thematic resonance that while traditionally Hollywood in its construction still manages to exist a cut above many such movies of its ilk, a touch of class surrounding how the story of Captain Nathan Algren is put together, based as it is on several real life legendary American figures who played key roles in the Satsuma Rebellion in Japan during the late 19th century. This isn't a direct re-telling of those events but serves as a leaping off…
Edward Zwick is another great director I admire due to his stunning directing and epic films he brings along.
Wasn't really expecting much but impressed by the end.
Finally Tom Cruise actually had a role that you forget its him from the first 10mins, which makes you care about the character but the real star of this film is Ken Watanabe. Ken does an amazing job of playing Katsumoto and if it wasn't for this role I believe we wouldn't had seen him playing Ra's Al Ghul in Batman Begins.
The film carries a hefty 2 and a half hours but it didn't feel like it so don't be put off with the time (like I did).
Though I'm not normally a huge fan of samurai or war films, this had Ken Watanabe and Tom Cruise. So I had to see it.
Hans Zimmer's score is splendid all the way throughout the film, and the music used in the final fight scenes reminds me of the score for The Dark Knight Rises. The dialogue is, while cheesy, decently entertaining, and Watanabe and Cruise are of course excellent.
The cinematography is splendid in the fight scenes, and really rather good in other areas (the thing is I'm trying to set higher standards for cinematography, so truly, 3.5 is the appropriate score).
The finale of the film is tremendous and eye-catching, incredibly well done (apart from some cheesy dialogue).
The Last Samurai, while not incredibly memorable or deeply moving, and while having several cliches, still is an entertaining, well acted and produced film .
Edward Zwick knows how to shoot a battle sequence. Anyone who has seen Glory will know what I mean and he continued that thrilling energetic approach with this Eastern set epic.
Tom Cruise's borderline alcoholic US Cavalry Captain is in Japan to train their army in Western military tactics and help crush a rebellion by the Samurai. More than just a war film this takes a simple but effective look at Japan's attempt to Westernize it's military back in the late 19th century. Shifting away from traditional values and being tempted by the evils of the West, this is a touch patronizing in some of its rhetoric.
When Cruise leads an under-prepared fledgling army against Watanabe's Samurai, they are slaughtered…
“What does it mean to be samurai? To devote yourself utterly to a set of moral principles. To seek a stillness of your mind. And to master the way of the sword.”
Steel, gunfire and cultural attitudes collide in this war epic from 2003. Washed up American Civil War veteran Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) becomes embroiled in a Japanese conflict and after a disastrous battle, is held captive in a rebel samurai mountain village.
Director and co-writer Edward Zwick crafts this big budget film at an unhurried pace, including Japanese dialogue which adds a welcome layer of authenticity to the world.
The Japanese cast are excellent, led by an enigmatic Ken Watanabe, who plays the samurai Lord Moritsugu Katsumoto with…
This one really left me feeling cold. It's technically beautiful but very slow and repetitive, especially in the middle portion. The battle scenes are all well done, but the plot feels far too bare-boned and the dialogue is unimpressive. I've seen better, more memorable historical epics. The costumes, sets and cinematography are all quite nice though.
But Cruise is seriously one of the most underrated actors working today. His dedication to every role he takes is a testament to how seriously he takes the craft, which is a quality found in very few performers. He has some really terrific scenes here, and his mere physical presence onscreen is incredibly convincing. I'll watch him in anything.
Not appreciated by other critics as much as this film should have been. "The Last Samurai" is a film that is not so much about its action sequences as it is about how the game of warfare was changing. A film like this is perfect for Cruise. It could be one of his best post "Born on the Fourth of July", and certainly his most reserved performance. He seemed to have respect for the material and the relationship he had with his co-star, Ken Wantanabe. The "Crouching Tiger" star has never been give the respect he deserves and thats true for his excellent performance here.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Watched The Last Samurai for the first time in forever.
It's pretty damn good.
30 minutes too long, but it's great.
The cast is so good, especially Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe.
Can Billy Connolly and Timothy Spall just be in every movie?
Watanabe is such a great actor, he's never less that great. Even in Godzilla, which I don't care for, he's solid.
I need to watch Letters from Iwo Jima again.
And he's amazing in this. His final scene is pretty heartbreaking.
"You have your honour again...... let me die with mine." :'(
I want them to set another Bond movie in Japan so Watanabe can kick ass as the villain.
Long as the movie might be, the…
What says Easter more then watching 'Passion of the Christ" and "Son of God"??? Watching Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe fighting for the future of Japan. The film reminds me of how well Cruise can act, as well as first introducing me to Watanabe (who is incredible in this film, deserves that Oscar nod).
I recommend this movie to other peeps. As far as being an Easter movie? Well that's up to you!
Maudlin, predictable, and largely mediocre, but I still enjoy every minute of it.
Second best hair in a Tom Cruise movie (M:I:2 being, of course, the first). It was a tad long (the movie not the hair, hair was perfect).
Stunning settings, some great close combat sword fighting and a long haired Tommy C Charging into battle on a horse...what more do you want? * lets not talk about the mawkish plot*
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