Ninja Assassin Review

OK so to give you a quick overview this is what the film is about. Raizo 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…( read more ) 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.

Now I personally think you can take this film in 2 ways. Firstly it does exactly what it says on the tin. If you go and watch this film remember the title has Ninja and Assassin in it. Go in with the expectation/mind set you should have with a film about Ninja’s and you’ll have fun. Go in expecting to see Crouching Tiger, House of Flying Daggers or Hero and you’ll hate every minute of it. I really don’t think there’s going to be many sitting on the fence with Ninja Assassin. You’re going to love it for the gore, over the top bloodbath deaths and great fight scenes or you’re going to totally hate it for the weak acting, storyline and over the top blood and guts.

If you go by most reviews then you’re going to hate it. I’m part of that small group of people that actually enjoyed this film.  Yes the acting was weak and it’s was far too bloody and extremely violent but it’s basically a remake of the cheap 1980’s martial arts films with a coat of gloss and a higher budget and that’s exactly what I was expecting.

The opening 5 minutes of the film sets the tone for the level of violence, blood and guts with decapitations, and body parts left sprayed all over the place.  I liked the back story of seeing how these children are brutally trained to become these killing machines. If anything this element of the film if far more interesting than the older Raizo working to take down the clan with a Europole researcher who stumbles into this mystery of a secret Assassins guild killing major global figures.

The film is let down but the acting and storyline, and the second half of the film dramatically deteriorates with only the action/fight scene keeping you interested. At time the CGI ninja’s are overdone and spoil the feel of the film were the old tried and test wire action would have given a better feel.

As much fun as I found Ninja Assassin, I wouldn’t recommend watching this in the cinema but any fans of 80’s classics like American Ninja, Shogun Assassin, Gymkata that fancy a stroll down their childhood memory lane will have a little smile on their faces while watching this, which is exactly what I found myself having.

5/10 – Not a cinema film for but worth watching on DVD just for the experience.

Ninja Assassin is now on general release in the UK.

Reviewer – Amaechi Oduah

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