FILM REVIEW: Hirokin – The Last Samurai

 In a planet where humans must scavenge the post-apocalyptic barren wasteland, Hirokin – a reluctant warrior with a dark past – sets off on mission to fulfill his destiny. Having fought to the death to save his wife and son from the planets evil dictator – Griffin – and his elite army of hunters, the lone warrior is left for dead in the vast desert. Armed with his samurai blade, Hirokin is forced to choose between avenging the murder of his family and fighting for the freedom his people. In a twist of fate and with a small rebellion by his side Hirokin s vision finally becomes clear.

This film has divided the team at GS so we thought to publish both sides of this argument. Silver Fox takes the offensive and goes on the attack while Montoya takes the moral high ground.

Montoya: The first thing to note about this film is that it does not have a huge budget and that it is aimed squarely at the Syfy channel crowd on a Sunday night. OK Silver Fox take your first shot.

Silver Fox: I got so bored watching this that I had to watch it in three different parts just to make it more palatable. In a post apocalyptic world where everyone dresses like they were in a medieval Mad Max, but no-one has a dirty face only immaculate make-up & clean clothes, where everyone lives in nuclear holocaust tents of the purest beige and the ground is completely spotless and litter free,  a lone warrior faces his greatest… blah, blah, blah, blah.

Montoya: Everyone always compares films like this to Mad Max but I think the Mad Max films were cheap and this movie is just as good as most Stargate SG1 episodes and that show lasted for 10 years…

Silver Fox: Look we’ve all seen this cheap type of film so many times before, going all the way back to the 80’s. It beggars belief that misguided studio individuals ever get the budget signed off to turn out this type of trash, let alone find distribution companies  – it really does.

Montoya: There is a strong market for this type of film because not everyone can go see a multi million pound movie at the cinema. Look at some of the trashy films on late night channels. This is high quality compared to some of those.

Silver Fox: So the story – warrior and family get captured and goes to “BarterTown”; warrior goes into Thunderdome-type arena, is defeated and loses wife and son; warrior is left for dead and found by wandering tribe lead by Yoda / Kenobi / Ramirez / Mr Miyagi type guru who teaches him “the way”; warrior becomes Robin Hood / William Wallace, goes back to Thunderdome, kicks ass in a Seven Samurai showdown.

Montoya: Yep I agree with that but what is wrong with that, after all you named a lot of other films with the same story so I guess it is a good story of revenge, redemption and rebellion. Sounds good to me.

Silver Fox: The story is so unoriginal, borrowing from so many well-loved sources: imitation is flattering, but duplication is just lazy.

Montoya: Yu mean how Star Wars copied samurai films?? I think you are trying to hurt this film. It has its DNA in so many other movies but those movies worked so this should as well. Although I loved the originality of the gladiator arena where if you drop your chain to go slack it drops a blade into your loved one. Not seen that in a movie before…

Silver Fox:  The sets, costumes etc are just so pristine that they are an insult on the intelligence trying to convince you that this is a barren, desolate world & civilisation

Montoya: I thought that the costumes of the bad guys were really cool and some of the scenery was pretty good.

Silver Fox: Well , Wes Bentley is just a little more woody than usual; Angus Macfadyen tries to carry-off some half-assed David Hemmings impression, and Julian Sands continues his stock-in-trade of “the guy they hired because Alan Rickman’s agent wouldn’t answer the phone”. Also worth a tomato or two is Rodney Charles, unconvincingly trying to play a hip version Djimon Hounsou’s Juba from ‘Gladiator’, and two recurring scavengers with the worst accents, obviously thrown in at the last-minute as some kind of comic relief, who randomly re-appear throughout the film trying to be funny.

Montoya: Agreed but also I have to say that the score was pretty good and I loved the use of miniatures instead of CGI for the flying barge just like Return of the Jedi.

Overall a mixed bag but if you want to see what this is about check out the trailer below. The cast includes Wes Bentley, Jessica Szohr, Angus Macfadyen, Julian Sands, Laura Ramsey.

Source: signature-entertainment
Rating: 2.5/5
Reporter: Silver Fox, Montoya

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