"Fear Not The Weapon But The Hand That Wields It"
Now let's see..
'Ninja' and 'Assassin'
Yep that pretty much sums up the better half of the film.
So the films broken up into about 3 parts. First of you have the flashbacks that appear periodically through the film, then you have the Interpol side of the story.. (Well who else is going to investigate modern day Ninja's?) and lastly you have Raizo's story which about halfway through the film joins the Interpol story.
First up this film is full on.. It is not for the faint of heart.. High level violence and lots of gore.. The first guy to die gets the top half of his head (from his mouth up) cut off an there's his tongue just hanging out for all to see.
The acting is not so great, full of all these blank stares and strange looks.. though you can't really expect great acting from a movie about Ninja's, but Rain still did a better job in Speed Racer.
The story (as I mentioned in three parts) isn't great, and it doesn't help the the script is also kinda mediocre, but again it's not like you go into this film expecting a brilliant story and script.
The editing is also kinda strange, the flashbacks seem like they are inserted pretty much anywhere, not important to that specific moment but just for story, they are fun to watch (well some are) but they don't come up at the right moments
So why watch this film, if it has bad acting, cliché story and an uninspired script?..
Not all but most of the things that drag this film down are made up for in the action scenes.. There are a few good one-on-one's that are pretty impressive and then theres at least 3 Rain versus an army of Ninja's.. another thing that sets this apart from most action films at the moment is the violence and gore.. The film doesn't shy away but revels in the gore, geysers of blood, bits and pieces flying off people, its really cool if you don't mind it.. The only thing that really annoyed me was that the blood (most of it CGI) looked very comical, kinda a brighter red than it should be, but i did enjoy it enough to get over that.
The only thing I couldn't decide about this film is whether it was taking itself to seriously or if the absurdity and over the top-ness was all part of the flair, and it was to serious to be that way..
But anyways 9/10 for Weapons..
Theres only a few but they have the Rain Blade (The sword with one handle but the blade slides through either side.. I dunno what its really called), the Blade on a chain he's wielding on the poster and an overabundance of Ninja stars 9/10 for Violence and Gore..
There Ninja's and they have Blades, kinda makes sense that the room would be covered in blood by the end 9/10 for Rain as a Ninja..
I dunno if I'm all for him fighting without a shirt on but hey he looks impressive covered in cuts and blood slicing up other people5/10 for Rain in the non-Ninja scenes..
They did write the film for him, I wish there was better dialogue and his acting was better 6/10 for Interpol..
Guns versus Ninja's 10/10 for The Bathroom Fight
Like bond only super bloody :) 48/60 - 8/10 - 4/5
(I assure you I give it a serious rating out of 5.. Those are just for fun and so i can point out good and bad parts of the films, and not doing a Good, Bad, Ugly thing.. though they still add up to 4/5)
If you like
-Ninja's This may be for you
-Gore This is definitely for you
-Interpol There is something wrong with you.. seriously..
I was going to give it a 3 but I enjoyed it more, so personally I'm going to give it a 4/5 but the film is closer to 3-3.5/5
in the words of Interpol agent Ryan Maslow
"I've investigated world bank organisations, drug cartels, arms dealers, i've never faced this kind of heat. For ninjas!, It's fucking unbelievable!"