Ninja Assassin (2009)
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Critic Reviews for Ninja Assassin
A garish and poorly filmed chop-socky frolic that makes about as much sense as an Escher painting viewed through Vaseline-smudged Ray-Bans.
Perhaps such phenomenal slaughter is best left to the imagination.
The problem is that the fight sequences -- the only reason anyone sees a movie like this in the first place -- are muddy, chaotic and boring. Even diehard fans of this genre would be well advised to skip this one.
This saga, set in Berlin, is more committed to its bloodletting than to any of its characters.
A movie that provides plenty of jolts but precious little pleasure.
Audience Reviews for Ninja Assassin
An oddly boring film, considering there is Ninja action basically non-stop, incredibly nasty wounds and deaths (even though clearly CGI ones). The problem is that there is not much of a story, or the one that's presented leaves us little to care about. A great example of how plenty of gore and violence does not equal entertainment.
A ninja who has turned his back on his clan fights to defend an Interpol researcher who is trying to uncover them and seek revenge upon his erstwhile master. No-one has the right to complain about the lack of depth or characterisation in this film. It's called Ninja Assassin for christ's sake. Essentially it's a mish-mash of ideas that are just an excuse for wildly over the top action sequences in which bad guys are sliced, diced and eviscerated left, right and centre; it has the "gangsters fighting against an invisible assassin" format of the Predator films, the "come with me if you want to live" character dynamic of The Terminator and the soldiers vs afore-mentioned invisible assassins finale that's straight out of Aliens. But unlike Doomsday which managed to completely balls up this mix of "influences", Ninja Assassin sticks to what it knows and presents a non-stop frenetic gorefest that's actually a lot of fun. The result reminded me of a Wachowski-fied version of Blade that's a bit thin on plot but makes up for it with above par effects and finely executed action. In fact the bad guys are very much in the vein of The Hand from the Wolverine comics and I would have been a lot happier if the Wolverine film had been handled in a similar way. Switch brain to neutral and enjoy.
Ninja Assassin Quotes
|Lord Ozunu:||Wherever you are, wherever you may go, you must never forget who you are. You are part of me, as I am part of you. This is the truth of your lives, and it will remain true after death.|
|Raizo:||" The first breath I take after I kill you, will be the first breath of my life."|
|Raizo:||The breath I take after I kill you will be the first breath of my life.|
|Mika:||I took a Tae Bo class once, but that is the extent of my kung-fu abilities.|
|Lord Ozunu:||Most children are disappointments and not worth the effort to raise.|
|Lord Ozunu:||Most children are disappointments. Not worth the effort to raise.|