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Ji Hoon Jung
Video: Widescreen 2.40:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Audio: English: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Run Time: 99 min
Synopsis from DVD Cover:
The filmmakers behind The Matrix and V for Vendetta bring new blood (lots of it!) to martial arts movies in Ninja Assassin. Korean pop star Rain (Speed Racer) stars as heroic, deadly Raizo. Trained from childhood in the way of the Ozunu Clan ninja, he is stalked by fellow warriors for breaking free of them and their iron-willed dojo patriarch (martial arts legend Sho Kosugi) - and is on the run with a Europol agent (Naomie Harris) who has proof the clan sells assassination services to governments. The action is start-to-finish - fast, fierce, filled with weaponry (chains, swords, staffs, shuriken) and awesome athleticism. Fear not the weapon, but the hand that wields it.
Wow. One would think you couldn't go wrong with ninjas, right? One would be really, really mistaken. This is one of the worst movies I've seen all year. Plotless, populated with cardboard-cutout characters, it somehow makes ninja fighting excruciatingly boring. By minute twenty I was looking at my watch wondering how long I'd have to endure more of the godawful mess.
Raizo is an orphan trained from childhood to be an unstoppable ninja, blah blah, becomes disillusioned when one of his friends is killed by the master, yadda yadda, vows revenge and goes rogue, et cetera. The movie opens with a shockingly gory massacre of druglords and then lapses into every cliché in the martial-arts movie genre, and doesn't use any of them with any creativity or interest. Rain is very pretty as the title character but is basically a walking fortune cookie, and the unstoppable ninjas who are impossible to beat one on one are suddenly able to be dispatched with a single blow when he's facing twenty of them at once. I love me a good martial arts movie but you gotta work with me here, people. Give me something to sink my teeth into besides to craptastically fake-looking CGI blood that I started to wonder if it was intentionally fake-looking.
The DVD release has naught but some deleted scenes, but the Blu-Ray has behind-the-scenes featurettes. The ghettoization of ordinary DVD has begun, I suppose.
Mindless. Boring. You'd have to pay me to watch this movie again.