Ninja Assassin 2009

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In this movie full of decapitations and dismemberments, Raizo turns his back on the ninjas who raised him and trained him to be an assassin. He teams up with an Interpol agent to track down his former family and take revenge on the master who tried to turn him into a killing machine.

Starring:
Rain,Naomie Harris
Runtime:
1 hour 34 minutes

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Ninja Assassin

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director James McTeigue
Starring Rain, Naomie Harris
Supporting actors Ben Miles, Rick Yune, Sho Kosugi, Numan Acar, Richard van Weyden, Togo Igawa
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By The Truth TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Sep 2010
Format: Blu-ray
As a no-brainer action flick and visual spectacle, Ninja Assassin is a cut above above other sword wielding martial arts films.

The film is very gory - delighting in over top, gushing blood, and limb and body part severing. In fact, the opening scene made both my flat mate and I jump out of our skins. In some ways in fact, this is almost some sort of martial arts horror; with the way the ninja hide in the dark and then pounce, delivering scares, and the afore mentioned gallons of blood.

Aside from the gore, Ninja Assassin is just an all out martial arts action. There is a lose sort of detective story and back story going on throughout the film, but really it's just all about the action - of which there's plenty, and which is pretty good too.

The fight scenes aren't outstanding technically, but they are dramatic and over the top in a sort of Hollywood way: with CGI effects used on weapons, and to create visually satisfying shots, splattering blood, and dramatic decapitations - that sort of thing. And as for the use of weapons, it's much more a martial arts film where steel is the focus as opposed to feet and fists, and the array of ninja weapons used are cool to watch.

Blu-Ray provides the perfect platform for all these effects. My copy was crisp, clean, and great to watch - giving you a chance to really take in all the effects and fights - even though a lot of them happened at night or in the dark. The colours were vibrant in the opening scene and in the monastery flashback scenes, and all in all, I think this format really compliments the film.

The acting leaves a lot to be desired but it's bearable.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By geordie on 12 July 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I've read quite a few of the reviews on this site and have to say it never ceases to amaze me what people expect why they buy a move like this. Just so we are clear, the film is called 'Ninja Assassin' and its about a secret society of ninja's who carry out assassinations for 100lbs of gold, and then I read reviews saying 'you have to suspend belief...' - you don't say!! It is not meant to be a true story and quite frankly if you bought this thinking it had any kind of basis in fact or you were looking for something deep and meaningful then more fool you, I would suggest you read the product description a little more carefully in the future.
Its not going to win any oscars and I fully understand that it wont be to everyones liking but I think its grossly unfair when people award 1 and 2 stars just because they failed to realise what the movie was about prior to watching it. My 5 stars may well be a little generous but I just wanted to balance the scales a little bit.
All I would say is that if you liked the scene in Kill Bill (volume 2 I think) when Uma chops limbs off left, right and centre in the restaurant then this is probably for you as the violence is not dissimilar although perhaps even a little more blood thirsty. As far as I am concerned its a good switch off movie to stick on when you've had a few beers and if thats you're kind of thing you'll love it, if you want something 'believable' then perhaps look elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caligula II. on 13 Dec 2014
Format: Blu-ray
REVIEWED VERSION: 2010 Warner Bros. US Blu-Ray

Director: James McTeigue

Cast: Rain, Ben Miles, Naomie Harris, Sung Kang, Yuki Iwamoto, Linh Dan Pham

Production: US/Germany 2009

SYNOPSIS

The Ozunu clan is abducting children and turning them into assassins, one of them is Raizo (Rain), who eventually turns his back on the clan, after some of his friends are murdered by the clan. He ends up not only being hunted by the vengeful Ozunu clan, but also by Europol investigators
Maslow (Ben Miles) and Mika (Naomie Harris), as he leaves a bloody trail through Berlin, Germany, closing in on his former sensei.

THE PROS & CONS

NINJA ASSASSIN is in my opinion a masterpiece in the ninja genre. A very Americanized ninja movie, but a masterpiece nonetheless.
Yes, it features unrealistic over the top CGI gore and splatter effects, but it works as long as you do not take it too seriously and enjoy it for what it is - a great action movie.
Never mind that most actors playing the ninjas are Korean or of Korean descent rather than Japanese, they all do a decent job. Rain as Raizo is pretty good, not an Oscar-worthy performance, but that's not what action movies are all about, now is it. His martial arts performance looks great however and I prefer seeing him than Iko Uwais in THE RAID.
British actress Naomie Harris does much better as Europol agent Mika. I also liked Ben Miles as Maslow, both agents give believable performances and are well-cast.
The fight choreography is superb and the fight scenes look amazing, so is the excellent cinematography by Karl Walter Lindenlaub, especially the scenes in the dojo.
NINJA ASSASSIN is the second film by director James McTeigue, whose debut was V FOR VENDETTA.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KM #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 22 April 2012
Format: Blu-ray
If you like martial arts movies you should love this one and especially on blu ray.

This movie is about a clan of ninjas who are trained from children for one reason, to become the ultimate assassins for hire.

Without spoiling it for you. . . .one of them escapes as he's sick of the life he's being forced to live but it's one of those once you're in you can never leave efforts! A bit like where I work :)

So, present day and he's an adult and still being chased down by the ninja clan he left! They never give up.The visual and audio CGI fest on bluray is brilliant. Whack your speakers up and prepare to duck, dive and dodge the hundreds of whizzing shurikens, Katanas, knives and Kurasigama (which he is rather tasty with!) and every other martial arts weapon you could ever think of! All great stuff indeed!

The speed and skill and stunts involved in the fight scenes and the number of combatants at any one time, ie-the bloke versus all the ninjas, is fantastic (in my opinion).

A great movie, you won't be dissapointed.
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