Overall Rank: 10511
Average Rating: 2.4/4
# of Ratings: 53
Theatrical Release Date: 12/25/2013
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 04/01/2014
Genre: Action, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Carl Rinsch
Actors: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kô Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Jin Akanishi
Plot: A group of 47 samurai band together to take down the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished them from society. Facing a series of trials and challenges that would bring down ordinary men, they will not stop until they renew their honor once again. -- Chris Kavan
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Chris Kavan - wrote on 05/23/2015
A film that could have been so much more than it was. Sounds like studio interference sunk this film - they wanted to punch up and thus the original version was heavily modified. What we have is a film that wants to deliver heart and soul - courage, loyalty and sacrifice but is hampered by too-slick visual effects and relies too heavily on fantasy elements for my taste. Keanu Reeves once again plays a the half-breed would-be samurai with little emotion and the romance angle is weak. That being said, the great Japanese supporting cast, especially Hiroyuki Sanada and Rinko Kikuchi are excellent. All in all, a great effort that ultimately feels a bit wasted.
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 10/24/2014
Highlights were the acting, screenplay and visual effects. On the downside, its fantasy aspect felt out of place. Themes of alienation, loyalty, partial rule-ship, love and a masters vengeance was in full display. If only there was more of the depth of the romance. Nice touch when they invaded the wedding. Felt this was immensely better than 300 which was more ludicrous male testosterone nonsensical violence. If only the fantasy angle was played in the beginning then it would have been a different ball game. Everything started so serious when Kai was adapted. Definitely worth seeing for action/samurai fanatics who dig stunning cinematography, war strategies and a mix of action/fantasy.
Nolane - wrote on 01/30/2014
Unfairly trashed samurai epic delivers on all levels. It has a huge budget, so the special effects and technical credits are all first rate. It has a very good story and some excellent acting from its mostly Japanese cast. Keanu Reeves is also fine and delivers a solid performance. An excellent mx of action and fantasy, this movie definitely deserves a second chance as home viewing after its failed theatrical release.
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Indyfreak - wrote on 01/02/2015
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 …
Yojimbo - wrote on 09/09/2014
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 …
smeagol - wrote on 04/30/2014
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 …
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