Excerpt: "The filmmakers behind 'The Matrix' and 'V for Vendetta' bring new blood to martial arts movies in this smashing adventure. Korean pop star Rain plays heroic, deadly Raizo. Trained from childhood in the way of the Ozunu Clan ninja, he is stalked by fellow warriors and their dojo patriarch (martial arts legend Sho Kosugi) and is on the run with a Europol agent (Naomie Harris) who has proof the clan sells assassination services to governments.
Excerpt: If you grew up in the 80?s, you?ll remember there was briefly a ninja phase in cinema. Sho Kosugi ruled the universe of Canon for one brief moment, and everywhere people were buying Tabbi boots. Children longed for shurikens, but would have to settle for the similarly-premised wacky wall-walkers. To sum up: The 1980?s were fucked up. There?s some enjoyable nostalgia to be found in Ninja Assassin, if you remember those days (and boots) fondly.
Excerpt: Certain movies demonstrate that remarkable ability to delicately construct a detailed plot, introducing events and characters with carefully paced timing and judicial restraint, and injecting steadily increasing shots of intrigue, before enveloping you in a powerful and exhilarating climax that lingers long after the closing credits.
Conclusion: Thanks to a perforated script, dull characters, and equally bland acting, the only thing 'Ninja Assassin' has going for it is its relentless over-the-top violence, and unfortunately even that disappoints by lacking tension, thrills, and freshness. I get that it's meant to be a mindless action flick, but I just can't give a favorable score to a film that fails on so many levels.
Summary: This is a true popcorn flick. If you bring your mind through the door of this cinema, it will leave in pieces thanks to some fantastic ninja moves. Rain impresses even if the story is a giant piece of swiss cheese. The guy certainly has a future in the business if he can drag himself away from Korean pop stardom. The disc is excellent with great video and wonderful audio along with a few interesting extras.
Excerpt: To the guy who created digital blood effects, Ninja Assassin is a thank you. This is where your thought and technology is finally put to good use. Without you, audiences would have never seen someone’s head sliced in half at the jaw with a throwing star. Humans would die the instant they shed as much blood as any character in this movie. Gunfire would only produce a small squirt instead of the fountain it does here.
Conclusion: So here’s your decision you ultimately have to make. Are you OK escaping everyday life and enjoying some off-the-wall unbelievable martial arts action or would you rather be bored to tears sitting in a dark room watching The English Patient ? I know my answer to that question, but what’s yours?
Excerpt: The Film This 2009 kung-fu horror flick opens with an old man tattooing up a storm and talking about demons. What he's actually talking about, however, is a Ninja Assassin . Sadly, his rambling is the most coherent thing about this James McTeigue/Wachowski Brothers joint. That doesn't mean it doesn't have its CG-enhanced highlights. Standing out from the typical martial arts fest, Ninja Assassin is filled with slicing, dicing and limb lopping aplenty.
Summary: Operating Surgeon. Salty Seadog. Investigating Detective. Dishonest Politician. Wordy Writer. Ladies and gentlemen, may I present, without further ado, Ninja Assassin : a brazen, bloody ode to all things ninja from producers Andy and Larry Wachowski, screenwriters Matthew Sand and J. Michael Straczynski, and upstart director James McTeigue ( V for Vendetta ). It isn't a film that will appeal to everyone. It isn't a subtle, thinking man's actioner.