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original title: Ninja Assassin
duration: 1h 39min
tags: Prepare to enter a secret world of assassins.
keywords: ninja, kungfu, martialartist, martialarts, clan, europol, murder, assassin, death, orphan, revenge, europolagent, exploitation, redemption, lasersight, governmentagent, femaleagent, mercilessness, cri
After reading a few of the reviews of the movie "Ninja Assassins", one thing you will notice is that each of the critics is using the same phrases to describe this movie. Either these online critics are plagiarizing themselves or one critic is selling his review to multiple news agencies. I have been noticing this trend in movie reviews for some time now. If these so called critics are selling their reviews then it is unfair to print their messages without alerting the readers that these messages have been re-circulated. If these reviews are from multiple sources then the news agencies that pay for them should seriously review their plagiarism policies. I checked the bylines and most have different authors if they are listed at all.
You will notice the use of "fan boys" to describe the lover of martial art movies. The term "fan boy" is a new nomenclature, only recently used within the past three years, and cannot possibly be used to describe the decades long viewers of martial arts movies.
My last complaint is with the reviews themselves. We do not need dialogue from the movie presented in the review. What is the purpose of including dialogue in the review; is it to prove to your publishers that you actually attended the screening, or is it that you cannot give a review without spoiling the show for the next potential viewer. Of the many reviews I have read, only one offered a semblance of originality. M. Faust, who writes for Art Voice a weekly newspaper, the review can be read at www. Artvoice.com titled his review "Overkill". Faust at least attempted to analyze the plot of the movie, although the reviewer believes that plot was miniscule, the writer at least acknowledged the existence of one, most reviewers of this film claimed to not be able to find a plot to "Ninja Assassins". I can only assume that the writers of some of these reviews were asked by their publishers to see the movie, why else would they go unless they were a fan of the genre.
Also see the reviews at the links below. The first two reviews use the term "fan boy" and you can find others by simply typing "Ninja Assassins" and "fan boy" in your web address search block. And incidentally, go see the movie for yourself, only you know what you will find entertaining.
http://www.joblo.com/index.php?id=28941 http://rss.msnbc.msn.com/id/34117153/ns/entertainment-movies/ http://www.koreanbeacon.com/2009/11/12/its-raining-ninja-assassins/ http://www.bigpicturebigsound.com/Ninja-Assassin.shtml There was a love of perigee behind Ninja Assassin, it was produced by The Wachowskis, directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), J. Michael Stracynski helped write the script and the trailer made it look like a fun martial arts films. But it was it a disappointment for something that should have been a fun experience.
Raizo (Rain) is an orphan who was trained to be a ninja and assassin since he was a child. But he is also a man determined to get revenge against his clan chief (Sho Kosugi) who killed his friend as a teenager. In Berlin, an Interpol agent, Mika (Naomie Harris) is investigating a series of historic assassinations where the price was 100 pounds of Gold and begins to believe there are a number of clans operating in the world. Mika ends up becoming a target for the Black Sands Clan and it leads to uniting with Raizo to bring them down.
There are a number of problems with Ninja Assassin that make it a failure. The first is the tone, where the film takes its premise very seriously, both with the police element and the flashbacks back to Raizo's upbringing, but then juxtaposed to the juvenile approach to violence. Most people who wanted to see a fun action film but Ninja Assassin was a film that wanted to have its cake and eat it with having the violence and the serious approach.
Ninja Assassin felt very much it wanted to be a hybrid of Kill Bill and 300 with its approach to action. Plenty of limbs get cut off, as well as heads and people getting cut in half. Mixed with that is slo-mo with one scene looking like it was influence by the start of the Battle of Thermopylae with ninja getting slide in a similar shot fashion. But there are problems with the action: there is too much CGI (which was bad) making the whole thing look very fake and much of the action was shot in the dark and over edited so it was hard to make out what is happened. The best action sequence was near the end during a fight between Raizo and one of his rivals, simply between the scene was well lite and decently edited. But there are also some good examples of bad editing throughout: one of the best being the chase on the Berlin roads.
With its violence, bright red blood, comic book visuals and story hybrid of police procedural and ninja material arts Ninja Assassin seemed like it was a film directed by a 14-year-old think what would be awesome. The camera seems to relish the cartoonary violence that is put on screen. There were also moments like the ninja healing powers and the way the violence was shot made the film look like the comic book film Wanted. That is low benchmark.
The acting is weak. Rain was decent enough lead, but it clear that he hadn't quite master English. Harris gave a weak performance, which is a real shame considering she made 28 Days Later and Skyfall. But the worst performance has to go to Yule showing us his wooden skills which he is more then capable of.
The film was made for $40 Million and it sadly shows. The CGI that was used was poor, the locations were limited to the temple (which was clearly a set) and Berlin (and we don't even get see many locations within). You would expect a story of assassins would have a bit more of an international scope. Hanna which was made two years later, had a $30 Million and three major stars and it was able to have a number of locations in Europe and North Africa. Ninja Assassin was a that needed more practical effects which would have looked better and more thought in its story.
This is going to be a big spoiler: the story at the end falls into a series of plot holes. The first Raizo has a GPS tracker taking out of him, which was easily foreseen, but when it is discovery Japanese police suddenly storm the temple and it will make you think how they got there so quickly. Also when you see the temple's location in the mountains it is not an easy location for a military force to get to quickly and it is easily defendable. The ninjas at the end also develop super speed and the ability to teleport in the shadows for no explained reason.
Ninja Assassin was a disappointed. For a film that should have been a fun action film, the action was not well put together and it was just focused on gore because of the over the top violence. I expected better. Numbingly gory when it isn