Ninja Assassin Movie Reviews

Ninja Assassin

Ninja Assassin

Release Date: Nov 25, 2009

Genre: Action/Adventure

Rating: (R)

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  • 4
    This movie is very bloody! But, I think we all expected that when went into the theatre for this one. There is great stylized action in this movie and amazing fight sequences.

    The idea of ninja assassins is interesting and you leave the theatre wondering if they might exist in real life as hired killers.

    Unlike some kung fu movies, this movie sticks mostly with straight fighting and only uses the "supernatural" (such as translocating or healing wounds with the mind) sporadically through the move.
  • 3
    Ow. My eye.

    While I am not one for gratuitous violence as a norm, this film caught my eye, mainly because it was the only thing playing that I haven't already seen or that that didn't involve animals, aliens, or animated versions of either of the same.

    When I learned the price was only $7.00 rather than the usual $9.75 for a ticket I joked that the price was most likely indicative of the film's Suck Factor, and got a wink & a nod of approval from the box office personnel.

    Raizo is to the Ninjas what Connor MacLeod is to the Immortals.

    Our protagonist is hunted by all and fighting for a prize, of sorts. Blood, gore, nicely choreographed fight sequences, and of course the flashback sequences to show us the history of his training into the well-oiled fighting machine he is today. We even have Mika, the demure yet attractive forensic researcher who shows up just in the nick of time to bail our hero out of a jam, only to be received by the obvious, if not expected "What kept you?" line that gave us all a good laugh at the end of HIGHLANDER.

    Just when you think the fight scenes were all going to be blurry, leaving all the fancy ninja moves to your imagination(because ninjas are just so dang fast), we get the Matrix-Cam which slows down the action to reveal some surprisingly intricate hand-to-hand and weapons combat.

    The blood & guts routine was surprisingly well done, I must say, albeit slightly over the top, even for this genre of film. If seeing bodies sliced neatly in two(or 5) by flailing razor chains is your bag, this film is for you. Pints, quarts, GALLONS of blood. So bring a towel, suspend your disbelief and enjoy.

    In the end, there can be only one Ninja Assassin, yada, yada, yada.
  • 5
    If you love action and just want to drain your anger, this movie is perfect. I thought it was a great movie for thrill and action seeker!!
    The ninja scenes are awesome, it just want to make you become one and work out! LOL! Enjoy and let me know what you guys think!!
  • 3
    Richard von Busack of Metroactive.com writes:

    The shiny Orientalism of the dialogue is more of a treat than the fight scenes, which consist, basically, of a lot of whipping razor chains and pureed ninjas, who go up in what look like explosions in a Ragu factory. In the beginning, a tattooist (the great Randall Duk Kim) is hand-poking a squirmy yakuza who won't hold still, despite his large entourage and the artist's sage comment that "the needle is doing what the needle is meant to do." Reminding the punk that the tattoo illustrates "one of the four sacred professions of the Book of Five Rings," the master has to gently wonder if maybe the ink is too noble for the no-good hide. That is when a messenger delivers a sealed envelope full of black sand. Only the tattooist is wise to its meaning: it is the harbinger of They Who Cannot Be Named, the horror in the shadows. Men? As if! Not men, but masked demons from the depths of hell! Or words to that effect. When the punk yakuza scoffs, the tattooist gravely bares his breast and shows the scar the dreaded Ninja gave him years ago—and explains the reason why he lived anyway. It is an explanation that I have loved ever since Dr. Julius No told it to 007 years ago.
    Unfortunately, this is just the pre-title sequence. James McTeigue, of "V for Vendetta," tells of an apostate ninja named Raizo (Korean pop star Rain), who turned against the Clan of Black Sand and is hiding in Berlin. Suffering nobly, he tries to protect an Interpol-like investigator (Naomie Harris) from the wrath of his seemingly hundreds of fellow warriors. In flashbacks, we see the savage training: kidnapped children are beaten into the ninja lifestyle under the glare of Lord Ozuni (venerable martial artist Sho Kosugi).
    When McTeigue slows down the camera, the violence has an effect, such as in Raizo's first kill, his filleting of an Everest-sized mofo with a giant Exacto blade. The mofo in question, Stephen Marcus, is named "Kingpin," probably in honor of the Daredevil comics, which have hosted their share of Ninja activity over the years. And there is the odd sick-artistic effect, like the calligraphy of blood sprawling on paper screens. More often, we get grotty stuff: an edit between a bisected fool and tomato sauce splotching on a paper dish of Berlin-style curlywurst.
    The Wachowski brothers developed this comic-book-like film. Despite the playfulness of scripters Matthew Sand and J. Michael Straczynski, the story gets stuck up in origins; the fountains of gore are not so much nauseating as lulling. Where the movie sings is in its explanations of ninja lore and its occasional borrowings from Ian Fleming. Scriptwriters and ninjas alike have to respect all traditions. Talking up hooey—creating the theatrical speech that gets an audience fluffed for the supernatural—is a lost art. Every chump with a laptop in Los Angeles is afraid of going over the top, when they really ought to dread going under the bottom.


  • 3
    I read the review in a newspaper before seeing the movie. Matt wrote a very accurate review in his posting on this website. I am a self-taught ninja after dropping out of martial arts school, a non-ninja educational course. I don't use my ninja skills anymore. The movie was very gory with the excessive violence, I could barely watch it. Surprisingly, I was at the premiere of the movie at the nearest Cineplex Odeon theatre. The film was eventually shown about 30 minutes late due to an employee mistake. I ate nachos with cheese and salsa for 30 minutes, even finishing my food, instead of asking for a refund. If bloody gore is okay for a person, the movie can be viewed by someone who cared about martial arts.
  • 3
    My girlfriend asked me, "What is Ninja Assassin about? Is it about a ninja that assassinates other ninjas? Ninjas that get assassinated? Assassins that kill ninjas?" My answer is...YES! Ninja Assassin, the second film from the Wachowski brothers' protege James McTeigue (V For Vendetta) has all of that stuff, and as long as you know what you're in for, you're going to have a great time. The story, which in this case means very little, involves Raizo, an orphan raised from a young age to be an unfeeling ninja killing machine in the Ozunu Clan. This all changes when the leader of the clan kills Raizo's love. The rest of the film finds Raizo seeking revenge against the clan with the help of an Interpol agent investigating the ninja's connection to a string of political assassinations. Of course, this film follows Matt's action theorem: Bad acting lame script = Awesome, blood action. It's a rare movie that has a singer as the lead actor who can actually ACT. Korean pop singer Rain plays Raizo, and unfortunately, he equates emotionless ninja with charismaless lead actor. The story is just an excuse to show a bunch of really awesome, extremely bloody fights. Technology has really come a long way when you can watch dudes realistically get decapitated and it doesn't look like a melon being knocked off a dummy. And you'll see a lot of heads decapitate, body parts mangled, and more blood than you've seen since Kill Bill. So go see this movie and enjoy it for what it is. If you go there expecting something other than ninjas kicking ass, you obviously weren't paying attention to the title.

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