Ninja Assassin is a gore de force complete with severed limbs, katana blades and enough fight scenes to make Kill Bill look childish. The plot is centered on an orphan, Raizo (played by Japanese singer, Rain) who is raised by a clan of killers. Raizo learns the true nature of betrayal when he is told to off one of his fellow comrades and politely declines the offer. Joining forces with an agent named Mika; they uncover a shocking political conspiracy that almost gets them assassinated.
The film’s producers are Joel Silver, known for his work on the Lethal Weapon collection and HBO’s Tales from the Crypt, and the Wachowski brothers, whose movie exploits, include The Matrix series. It is distributed under the Warner Bros studio machine. Ninja Assassin‘s storyline is for the most part dry and lacking as it never measures up to the fighting scenes that are swiftly dealt every twenty minutes or so. The mystery unravels at the seams making the movie predictable, but enjoyable for those who don’t mind spending ten dollars on a ticket, buttered popcorn and a regular sized Coke. If plot based action and adventure is your forte, skip this flick and try a Bruce Lee movie instead. But if you’re like this writer who enjoys as much weaponry and carnage as this film yields, Ninja Assassin, is well worth the watch.
Ninja Assassin receives a PAR