Saturday, May 9, 2015

2013 - 47 RONIN, is a weird mix of samurai and oriental fantasy film


Obviously looking to rehash some of Keanu Reeves Matrix moments and make some money at the same time.  Somebody dreamed up the idea of mixing the legend of the 47 Ronin with lots of monsters and mysticism.  As if the original idea of samurai warriors avenging their dead master wasn't dramatic enough this film adds lots of substandard CG monsters and witches to the mix. 

Casting Reeves was an attempt to add some international box office insurance to what is a national legend only in Japan.  However I would argue people don't line up to see Keanu Reeves films (if they line up at all for any film these days).  Studios spending lots of money on elaborate fantasy films better know what they are doing.  There are any only so many Lord of the Rings epic type stories floating around out there.


The only somewhat redeeming feature of this film is the action stuff and after a while even that gets tiresome.  Obviously Keanau is going to defeat all of the phoney looking monsters since a plot point is that Keanu can sense magic or in this case computer magic.

The film is trying for a sense of epic tragedy but it's only a tragedy of wasted time in front of the TV.

118 minutes.

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