3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Delivers the action,
This review is from: Ninja [DVD] (DVD)
Ninja doesn't mess around, it gets straight to business. Kind of like a...
No Down Time: The action keeps on coming, there's no massive gaps between fights scenes if that's all you were looking for. At most there's 10 minutes between fights early on. The story is simple, Small Japanese Ninja school send artifacts to America, big industrial company hire the evil former student of said school to nick it for them.
Knows what it is: You won't find anyone given big dramatic scenes or giving their acting muscles too much of a work out. The 'Ninja' aspect is purely to add in swords, caltrops and other ninja weaponery to the fights. No attempts at higher messages like animal cruelty (Warrior King). The plot is the reason to facilitate the fights. Not to say the story's half-baked but they don't get heavy and philisophical with ninjitsu background or what it means to be a warrior, etc.
No memorable lines / comedy: On the negative side there aren't any memorable lines in any sense, no one's given a brilliant character moment but really the movie doesn't need them. The movie isn't Uberserious, any laughs you find are most likely unintentional.
For those wondering about the 18 rating; there's no swearing or nudity, but a few decapitations and facial mutilations.
Also for what was surely a paltry budget they manage to keep up appearance to a high standard, barring the rather plastic looking Temple Industries set, although I've only seen Hectro Echavarria's cheap looking (Yet brilliantly campy) Never Surrender to compare Ninja to in terms of DTD 'alumini'