Trained since childhood to be a lethal killer, Raizo, played by Sung Kang (Fast & Furious), has since turned his back on the Ozunu clan that raised him and now seeks revenge for their heartless murders. Teaming up with Europol investigator Mika, played by Naomie Harris (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest), Raizo steadily butchers his enemies while inching ever closer to the long-awaited bloody reunion with his former master. James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) directs.
Rating: 3 out of 10
I’m a big fan of good, loud, and fun action movies. I love “Die Hard,” “Lethal Weapon” and “Rambo.”
Do I know they’re dumb at times? Sure, but they have great characters and amazing action and the time flies by when I watch them. So, I thought “Ninja Assassin” would be right up my alley. Well, partially it was. There’s some great action with huge doses of gratuitous violence (a genre staple). And, that’s all I can say that’s positive.
But when I say there’s no story, we’re talking almost zero. The breakdown goes like this: A secret society kidnaps kids and trains them to be assassins so that they can carry out orders for a master who gets large amounts of cash for the executions. At one point, one of them rebels against the master and in turn he sends all the assassins after the rebel. That’s it. That is the entire story. No, I’m not kidding. It really is. We are then basically subjected to 90 minutes of slice and chop from a character we know jack shit about and could care less whether he’s alive or dead. There are also very obvious shots of digital blood splashes that come out of enemies when our “hero” slices and dices. It looks incredibly fake and distracting.
What happened to the good old days of action and horror? If Wes Craven and John Carpenter needed blood, they reached for corn syrup dyed red and a hose. I can’t recommend “Ninja Assassin” because after watching it. I felt like I was watching the director play Xbox, but never getting to touch the controller. That’s no fun.