Ninja Assassin reviews warn of yet another film that tries to be a guilty pleasure, and fails. The Ninja Assassin reviews are no different from 2012 and New Moon, as critics tried to enjoy it for being dumb and stupid, but just couldn’t. In this case, Ninja Assassin reviews are negative due to an “overly serious” and “incomprehensibly edited” style, according to Rotten Tomatoes. The Wachowski Brothers often make movies like that, but since they were mere producers for Ninja Assassin, they seem unable to save it.
Like the title says, the movie is about a ninja assassin for an all powerful clan. But after he turns against his evil masters, he goes on to assassinate every ninja in his path for revenge. Since this is an R-rated film produced by the Wachowski Brothers, lots of stylized martial arts and dismemberment ensue.
The ads for Ninja Assassin say that it is from the Wachowski Brothers, who created The Matrix. However, the brothers are just producing the film, as their V for Vendetta director James McTeigue is in charge. But McTeigue isn’t adapting a famed Alan Moore comic, and the Wachowskis didn’t even write the script – with all the philosophical ramblings that would entail.
The Wachowskis did get South Korean pop superstar and Stephen Colbert nemesis Rain, who was in their version of SpeedRacer, to take his first starring role. But as Ninja Assassin reviews indicate, Rain just has to slice things up and barely talk. In fact, the dismemberment comes more from CGI than Rain, which is part of the problem.
The Wachowski action trademark is extra slow motion martial arts, no matter what the occasion. However, according to reviews, McTeigue speeds things up a little too much, as the camera can barely keep up with everything. He does have a lot of different methods for carving up ninjas, yet he does it with bad CGI and even worse lighting – though the color red is likely quite prominent.
As such, Ninja Assassin reviews are at a flat 29% on Rotten Tomatoes. Its apparent failure only adds to a growing pile of disappointing November movies, along with A Christmas Carol, 2012, Pirate Radio, New Moon and Old Dogs. All of these films either had high hopes, or hopes of being a guilty pleasure, but they instead exceeded even the lowest expectations for critics.
For most of those other movies, the box office made up for it. But Ninja Assassin doesn’t have much room to thrive, against the likes of New Moon and Old Dogs. With ninja movies not a big box office draw – and the Wachowski Brothers losing their own box office appeal – Ninja Assassin may not have much of a killing ahead.
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