47 Ronin

2013, Action/Fantasy, 1h 59m

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47 Ronin is a surprisingly dull fantasy adventure, one that leaves its talented international cast stranded within one dimensional roles. Read critic reviews

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In feudal Japan, Lord Asano rules his province with fairness. However, jealous Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano) fears that the shogun favors Asano over him and hatches a plot that ends with Asano's ritual suicide. After Asano's death, his samurai, led by Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), are forced to live as outcasts. Oishi wanders for several years but realizes that he must turn to Kai (Keanu Reeves), a mixed-blood warrior he once rejected, to help him and his ronin comrades take revenge on Lord Kira.

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  • Aug 10, 2017
    So much better than I expected, I've never seen the older films or never read the story so maybe it would be lower if I knew the true history, I don't think the film needed the fantasy element or the creatures as the film could of been more realistic and better without them, It does have great action scenes and the effects were pretty good, I can't comment on the 3D as I watched the 2D version, I thought the story was good, I'm not sure how much is accurate though, It's pretty well acted which helps things along, It was much better than critics made out, So if you're a fan of Samurai, Fantasy films this will be right up your street.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Jul 22, 2016
    Mixing a classic Japanese tale with fantasy element this action flick suffers less from the undecided tone but from underdeveloped characters. Some easily could have become quite interesting with just a few more brush strokes here or there. As for the effects, the beast-like CGI creatures look great, especially the one in the opening sequence. The man-like ones on the other hand are horrible and take you right out of the experience. While the showdown starts out fun, it's a little short and culminates in an infuriatingly stupid film ending. You gotta admire the film's attempt to respect Japanese traditions, but the message is ultimately a dull one. Overall an entertaining, but shallow and ultimately pointless experience.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2014
    I didn't really care for the story or acting. There were some good moments of action. The end was unpredictable so it kept you on your toes.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2014
    Could be worse. Still very entertaining. Honestly, this film definitely had me through the first half, but really lost me towards the end, when things get really weird. The ending itself seems good, but also kind of self-defeating at the same time.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer

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