Movie Review: Ninja Assassin
Prinz Lee wrote this review 5 years ago
I’m sure this film will generate mixed feelings. However; that’s beyond my control as beauty IS indeed in the eye of the beholder. Therefore, I’m going on a limb and saying I enjoyed this film. I can’t say I loved it as a whole, but there were aspects in this film that really punctured into my imagination and left me quietly yelling “OHOO…!” during some scenes. Yes, it’s pretty violent and gory, however it seems like WB really wanted to avoid issues with the MPAA and subtly just made sure that during moments of vile acts they’d either cut quickly within scenes or simply darkened it a bit for us to wonder, yet able to pretty much figure out what the hell was going on as all the CGI’d blood was splattering all over the place. Lots of kicking ass going on in this one with enough back story to not keep you wondering. I mean there really isn’t much to provide in the sense of incredible story-telling, but it does mirror substance out of a comic book and therefore not for whining pussies!
It’s been a while since I’ve sunk my attention span within a Ninja flick as it seems to be a subject that just faded and only remains as mention, but damn… watching this flick brought me back to all those Sho Kosugi flicks like Enter the Ninja, Revenge of the Ninja and one of my all time favorites, Pray for death. Remember those? Damn it was nothing but crafty ass-kicking all over the place and it was always personal. It always dealt with family and the infringement upon rights as an average every day individuals just trying to live an ordinary life, but no… for some reason Kosugi always found trouble. As far back as I can remember he always did what he could to provide comfort and peace, but I guess the man had a black cloud over him as issues always found their way towards him. It really didn’t matter because he knew what he had to do in order to maintain that respect and safety… and it was as simple as just mentally, emotionally and physically morph into one of the most legendary, secretive and smooth acting warriors known to any of us and proceed with the deeds molded upon him in order to survive. Shit I’m craving one of those films now!
With Ninja Assassin, the tables are turned a bit more towards an unexpected display as it’s clearly stated that ninja warriors are pretty much trained assassins to work with world governments and called upon when certain people needed to be taken care of. Perhaps this “definition” regarding ninjas has always existed as Ninja does translate into Assassin (making the title a bit redundant), however; in past films we’ve only seen these kinds of beings trained for the art of heroic deeds (maybe I’m wrong), but this time it’s clearly stated how that’s not the case and it’s so corrupt and mentally robotic as it strips one’s emotions that it led to one of their own just saying “NO MAS!” and took off. It wasn’t easy as his whereabouts were always traced, but the film does display the art of good versus evil in metaphoric ways in abuse of power, strength and will. As I stated before lots of back story comes and goes to help keep some level of continuity and understanding as the film goes along. However; it’s cynical story telling in form of a comic novel. Think about it this way… it pretty much presents itself like Watchmen… only less complicated and it’s totally different in the sense of characters, back ground story and objectives, but the violence is there, the gore is there, the utmost carefree mentality is there and total disregard for human life in any aspect. It doesn’t matter whether justified or not, the mind-set of “We’ll do this the hard way or the hard way (yes I said hard twice), know it’s for your own good or you’re dead.” It is puzzling, but you’ll understand what I’m talking about if you see it, however; it doesn’t take away from all the ass-kicking going on. I’m a sucker for film fights and I don’t give a shit what anyone thought of this film, it was cool in my book. It’s got all levels of emotions… from rage to love, from peace to war, from innocence to corruption and much more.
Sure the fights are choreographed and might seem too much to swallow, but than again so is Spiderman or Blade…
Raizo (a bad-ass) is one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Taken from the streets as a child, he was transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them...and vanishes. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge. In Berlin, Europol agent Mika Coretti has stumbled upon a money trail linking several political murders to an underground network of untraceable assassins from the Far East. Defying the orders of her superior, Ryan Maslow, Mika digs into top secret agency files to learn the truth behind the murders. Her investigation makes her a target, and the Ozunu Clan sends a team of killers, led by the lethal Takeshi, to silence her forever. Raizo saves Mika from her attackers, but he knows that the Clan will not rest until they are both eliminated. Now, entangled in a deadly game of cat and mouse through the streets of Europe, Raizo and Mika must trust one another if they hope to survive and finally bring down the elusive Ozunu Clan.