47 Ronin is a 2013 fantasy adaptation of the true story of 47 Ronin, samurai without a lord, taking revenge for the death of their lord. The original legend has been described as Japan's "national legend" by some authors, but does this American adaptation disappoint? 47 Ronin is set in 18th century Japan and stars Keanu Reeves as Kai, a "half-breed" (half Japanese and half English), who is treated as a second class citizen.
Directed by: Carl Rinsch
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Action Adventure,
Release Date: December 25, 2013
Running Time: 118 minutes
MMPA rating: PG-13
The Good: Hiroyuki Sanada gives the best performance, Keanu Reeves is likable in his role, Well choreographed action scenes, Good soundtrack,
The Bad: Weak supporting cast and characters, Dull first third,
Plot: 7.5/10- 47 Ronin's plot is simple. There are not a lot of twists and turns, but it is an effective revenge story. It adds a lot of fantasy elements to the original story, which worked for the most part. The film's pacing can be a little slow and dull at times, especially if you have no interest in the Japanese setting. If you have an interest in Japanese culture, history, or samurai, like myself, the story will appeal to you much more.
Action: 7.8/10- While the action is often short and sporadic at first, towards the last third, the action picks up with several well choreographed samurai sword sword fights.
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Soundtrack: 8.1/10- Ilan Eshkeri's score is surprisingly good in the film. Most of the tracks have a distinctly Asian feel that fits the tone and setting of the film well.
Humor: 5.0/10- With the exception of a few jokes, 47 Ronin is mostly humorless.
Entertainment Value: 7.2/10- Due to my interest in the Japanese legend and samurai in general, I enjoyed the movie more than most, although my brother and fellow critic, Jacob, enjoyed the movie as well.
Overall: 6.1/10- Despite some notable flaws, 47 Ronin is an entertaining Japanese fantasy tale of revenge that is supported by its two main characters and the film's setting.
Closing comments: If you have no interest in samurai movies or Japanese history, I would lower my overall rating to around a six.
Recommended for: Samurai fans, Japanese fans,
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