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01/02/2015 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

This so badly wants to be like "The Last Samurai".

One of 2013's many flops (and by some accounts the biggest) is better than its performance at the box office and with critics implied. The production budget of $175 million (yes it was that expensive) seemed to have been spent mostly on the costumes and set design which are both lovely to look at. Keanu Reeves was added into what is otherwise a strictly Asian cast for the sake of increased revenue more likely. Never mind that his last hit film was exactly 10 years ago. His costar is the always under-appreciated Hirouki Sanada wo delivers a better performance. The remaining 45 samurai protagonists are identified by their one-note traits: the fat one, the spiteful one, the old one, the kid, etc. But the most enjoyable cast member to watch is definitely Rinko Kikuchi who plays a hysterically...

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09/09/2014 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

"47 Ronin" by Yojimbo

When a rival lord betrays and causes the death and shame of their master, a group of samurai reunite in exile to plot their vengeance and restore his family honour. I'm something of a fan of samurai films, the classics of Kurosawa being the standard by all others shall be measured. I of course did not expect 47 Ronin to be in their league, but it still managed to disappoint on every level. It, like 300, is more like the history and culture of an ancient and venerable society transformed into a computer generated theme park ride. Keanu hasn't looked this out of place since his absurd casting as Jonathon Harker in Dracula and the cast deliver its clunky, dim-witted dialogue at various levels of hammy scenery-devouring. The CGI is of the expensive but totally unconvincing style and the fact ...

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04/30/2014 (1 of 1 found this helpful)

keanu being keanu in ths true story fantasy

Keanu reeves plays a outcast among a family of tradition and honour who ends up becoming part of the 47 samurai who set out ton a mission of rescue and revenge and honour them selves once more in this fantasy/apparently true story movie
i quite liked this movie though i didn't like the ending but its apparently a true story so who am i to argue,
Keanu reeves is playing the same role he always plays. dead pan hardly speaks no emotion role. he is a. actor i like but comon keanu act differently please just once,
This is not the best movie its not great and maybe its not very good but it kept me watching and kept me interested but i wouldn't watch it again. one thing i will say is there is some great scenes but they dont last long enough ,it flips fast from one to another. seemed a was...

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04/25/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Pretty, But Not Much Else

While I was aware that this movie was not going to be a traditional samurai film, I was curious enough to want to see how the legendary story of the 47 Ronin would be interpreted by Hollywood. So it was a good thing that I braced myself for disappointment. The decision to make Keanu Reeves one of the lead characters was most likely an attempt to make the film more relatable to a western audience, which was understandable from a marketing perspective. The addition of the fantasy element was a largely baffling, to be honest, even if Rinko Kikuchi did an awesome job playing that crazy kitsune. All in all the changes only served to confuse those not familiar with the samurai genre and alienated those who were. A shame, because the concept could have been awesome in the right hands.

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