The Hunger Games return with such a sequel twist that you can't believe writer Suzanne Collins didn't think of film when writing. Catching Fire builds up with all types of subversive messaging which is interesting but also brings into relief the limitations of the genre and film.
Proving that samurai warrior movies still make for great entertainment, 13 Assassins
pays homage to all of the best of in its genre while showing that this
style of cinema still has a place. The plot follows a band of samurai
assassins who are tasked with killing a nihilistic young Lord who has
absolutely no remorse for any of his actions and leaves behind a trail
of blood and carnage. This is a story about righting wrongs and honour, a
story about duty and devotion to a craft that is quickly fading into
obscurity. You find yourself cheering for the samurai who are ready to
die for their cause and you are rarely disappointed as the film
progresses. The cinematography looks great and the acting is top notch.
It reminded me of why I liked samurai cinema and how great it could be.