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Ninja Assassin – Movie Review

Ninja Assassin

Starring: Rain, Sung Kang, Randal Duk Kim, Naomie Harris, Ben Miles
Directed by James McTeigue

Rated: R
Run Time: 99 mins
Genre: Action/ Martial Arts/ Drama/ Thriller /
3.5 frames out of 5

Your enitre life has brought you to this point. Do not fail yourself. Do not fail your family. That is the creed of the ninja.

Despite a very gory, action packed beginning, Ninja Assassin is about the evolution of a boy kidnapped from his village and inducted into a school that breeds ninjas. The boy renamed Razio (Rain) shows great potential according to the head ninja, Tattoo Master (Randall Duk Kim). Raizo bears much pain, punishment and burden in his journey to become a ninja. Another girl in training (Pretty Ninja – Linh Dan Pham) takes mercy on him when Raizo is in pain and develops a quasi- relationship with her. It’s not until she is has brought shame upon the clan by attemping to escape and put to death, that Razio knows that there is more to life and vows to avenge her death.

Intertwined with the back story, is present day, the story of Mika (Naomie Harris). She is a research specialist for the German branch of Interpol that tasked herself to investigate the mysterious ninja assassinations. Her superior, Maslow (Ben Miles) thinks this to be complete bullshit until some compelling evidence arises in the death of a former colleague previously assigned to the ninja case. When Mika gets to close to the truth, the two worlds collide and chaos ensues.

Ninja Assassin is brought to you by the same guys behind the Matrix movies, so while watching this you may think – hey didn’t they do this in Matrix 1/2/3? It stays true to the martial arts genre with interlacing elements of romance, action and gore. The action sequences, special FX and cgi are top notch and will definitely not disappoint.

Things to watch for: Blood, blood and more blood. Oh yeah, did I mention there a crap load of blood? High-octane, adrenaline-surging action sequences makes the movie Kill Bill look tame in comparison. In typical ninja movies, you generally see a few guys in pajamas tumble around and then do some kung fu. In this film, the ninjas are sleek, stacked and so damn cool, you almost want to become one.

Who should see this movie: Fans of martial arts films, fans of the Matrix films, video game lovers, guys ages 16+, ninja lovers

See it in the Theater or Rent it on DVD: With action scenes like this it’s a must see for the theater.


November 25, 2009 - Posted by | entertainment news, film reviews, movie critic review, Movie Review, movies, new in theaters, now playing, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I only went to see this because I had high hopes for director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta was awesome.) Needless to say, I won’t be paying to see a movie of his ever again. Ninja Assassin was garbage.

    Comment by cklockwork | November 30, 2009 | Reply

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