None of them come across as emotionally engaging. The Ozunu Clan is so proficient at keeping their existence a secret that most people think they are only a myth, but the moment Ozuno assassins kill Raizo's friend, their days in the shadows are numbered. I read that the screenplay was rewritten in 50some hours, I'm not sure what it was before but the outcome was decent. Equal budget of 50 million, unbelievable carnage and pure fun. On a whole, Ninja Assassin feels like a hack-and-slash video game come to life from the first skirmish to the climatic showdown involving modern day special forces taking on an army of ninja warriors.
Thankfully some erratic camera work especially during the scene where Raizo is being chased through a busy street does not feel distracting but enhances the frantic and lightning fast pace of the fights. If you're not into very violent movies, this isn't for you. We see his tormented childhood days as a ninja trainee; his only emotional refuge, an orphan girl who, like Raizo, is part of the clan. Soon Raizo turns against Ozunu and cuts his face. Teaming up with Europol investigator Mika, Raizo steadily butchers his enemies while inching ever closer to the long-awaited bloody reunion with his former master.
Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge. It's quite obvious that the people responsible for this film set out to make the most ass kicking Ninja movie ad they even one uped themselves. Characters are, at best, cardboard cut outs and at worse painfully bland. When Kiriko decides to runaway from the Ozunu Clan, she is captured and executed by Raizo's ninja brother Takeshi. The reason why Ninja Assassin is so friggin cool is because you know that the people making this movie had one thing in mind.
Visually the film is incredible. I went in with an open mind, after only seeing one movie trailer I didn't know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised I liked it as much as I did. 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 a myth. It was action packed and pretty intense, squeezing in an actual storyline with all the gore was pretty seamless. Ninja Assassin is the butt-kicking, face slashing answer to all that. Simply put, the unoriginal storyline is highly predictable and filled with B movie cliches from stem to stern. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge.
Now he is also hunted down by his ninja brothers. Its not a serious thinking movie, it's not a Gandhi, it's not a Saw type movie. Ninja Assassin follows Raizo Rain , one of the deadliest assassins in the world. The lead actor Rain does a good job and the overall storyline was fairly well written. Watch out for the opening scene and the police station scene because those scenes are epic awesome. Through a series of flashbacks intercut with scenes of a half naked hunky Rain training with some vicious looking weapons , Raizo's tragic story is fleshed out. It is refreshing too to see that Raizo is not some invincible killing machine as he does tire and he does take his fair share of hits, even going down a couple of times.
It's an exciting piece of cinematic brilliance. . But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them and vanishes. Ninja Assassin follows Raizo, one of the deadliest assassins in the world. Mika learns that Raizo is an orphan raised by the Ozunu Clan in Japan and brutally trained since childhood to be a heartless killer by his master Ozunu. Now he waits, preparing to exact his revenge.
The fight choreography is well executed with a good mix of slow motion and frantic close-ups. Every thing else ends up playing second fiddle to the fights. The fight Choreography was fantastic and the cinematography was beautiful reminiscent of the Kill Bill series as far as blood and choreography. It's unlike anything you've ever seen. A young ninja turns his back on the orphanage that raised him, leading to a confrontation with a fellow ninja from the clan. A young boy Raizo is transformed into an unstoppable killing machine by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. It is a definite step down from the philosophical Matrix trilogy or the sophisticated and political V for Vendetta.
Teaming up with Europol investigator Mika, Raizo steadily butchers his enemies while inching ever closer to the long-awaited bloody reunion with his former master. Mika convinces Raizo to meet Maslow, but they are betrayed. All in all, a good flick and I recommend it highly. It is violent, it is bloody and packed to the gills with action. Trained since childhood to be a lethal killer, Raizo has since turned his back on the Ozunu clan that raised him and now seeks revenge for their heartless murders. Have a ton of Ninjas kill each other. But haunted by the merciless execution of his friend by the Clan, Raizo breaks free from them and vanishes.