NINJA ASSASSIN Movie Review
Ninja Assassin will be released to theaters today Friday November 25, 2009. The movie stars Rain, Rick Yune, Naomie Harris, Ben Miles and is directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta). In Ninja Assassin, Raizo (Rain) is 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. If you are planning to go see the movie, here are a few reviews from around the web to help you make up your mind.
Ninjas exist! They live in the mountains and are paid 100 pounds in gold by world governments to kill without mercy! Look at one of them the wrong way, or make any attempt to expose their ninja conspiracy and you will be sure to receive an envelope of black sand and forty shuriken through your heart. Fortunately plucky Europol (read: Interpol) librarian Mika (Naomie Harris) and ex-ninja, now ninja assassin Raizo (Rain) are on the case.
One can’t ask too much of a film called Ninja Assassin — that’s a given — but James McTeigue’s proper directorial follow-up to V for Vendetta does its damnedest to take that insta-pulp title and weave around it a worn-out tale of forbidden love, family betrayal, and government conspiracy. Complete with some hard-to-see fight scenes and some harder-to-hear dialogue, all delivered with a poker-straight face and capped off with some super-splattery kills, it’s like a graphic novel adaptation with comic book punctuation, a film so flagrant in its fakery that it almost forgets to have any fun.
Okay, you might have some reservations about reading this review because, and let’s be adults here, there are Ninja Assassin advertisements on this website. You know, that’s cool. I can see how you’d be suspicious. But this movie owns, and if we were running ads for The Blind Side I wouldn’t be writing a couple paragraphs about how Sandra Bullock is so good at not being condescending to African-Americans very much. The only special treatment I got was getting to see this bad boy early, and I can’t be bought off with money or sensual favors. So let’s get to the review.
Watch the trailer below.