Movie Review: Ninja Assassin

20 Nov

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In Ninja Assassin, producers the Wachowski brothers and director James McTeigue bring us their next installment (Matrix, V for Vendetta). The story follows the main character Raizo (Korean pop star Rain). Yes, that guy Rain is the main ninja assassin. But anyways, Ninja Assassin is a self-proclaimed action-packed tale of a skilled assassin who was trained by a mythical secret society (Ozunu Clan), to become an unstoppable killing machine. The movie starts with him being older and reveals the background to the story through flashbacks. This technique seemed like their attempt to be creative, however it just seemed too choppy – a chronological time line would have been much better here. The Ozunu Clan is so proficient at keeping their existence a secret that most people think they are only a myth. With the help of a Europol investigator, Raizo sets off on a quest of revenge against his former clan.

The whole time I was watching this movie,  I couldn’t stop thinking about zombie flicks. This movie is driven on blood and sound effects. At a certain point in the movie Raizo starts mowing down what seems like hundreds of these clan members, although technically it could have just been five or six guys who move at light speed and regenerate, both acquired ninja skills in this movie. The difference though is that in your run-of-the-mill zombie movie, blood from the zombies can look like however the director wants it to look and the amped up sound effects actually add to the quality of the movie. In Ninja Assassin the sound effects are so over the top that every ninja movement is like a fat person walking in snow pants. The blood is so CG that it was actually distracting. It reminded me of cuts scenes from the original God of War on Playstation two. What’s really weird about the blood is that it only looks overdone and god awful when it is spraying all over the place from the random limbs that are left remaining. The blood on the walls, clothing, background, and pouring out of the washing machine (there was a lot of blood) is actually realistic. I wish they hadn’t tried so hard with the computer graphics and just gone with some type of syrup.

There’s a catch though – I was actually entertained. Yes, after all this ranting about the details of this movie, the truth is, I was never left waiting for the next fight. They were always fighting with all kind of unnecessary flips, acrobatics, and of course an entertaining amount of blood and gore.

Some of this excitement probably has to do with my secret desire to actually be a ninja. So to be fair, if you don’t practice kung-fu in the privacy of your parent’s basement and you don’t like gore then this movie probably isn’t for you. If you do indulge yourself in a little in the way of the drunken master, then pick this movie up for a dollar at your local redbox.

Kibitzers Rating: Five out of ten. Over all, the action sequences just weren’t good enough to make up for the lack of plot and dialogue.

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2 Responses to “Movie Review: Ninja Assassin”

  1. rajina rajbhandari May 27, 2010 at 5:42 am #

    GREAT film wow…..no words to express wow RAIN

  2. Melatonin Side Effects · November 4, 2010 at 12:45 am #

    Ninja Assasin is cheey in my opinion, the action sequence could have been much better ::

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