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4.0 out of 5 stars Massively underrated fantasy film, 11 Feb. 2014
This review is from: 47 Ronin [DVD] [2013] [2014] (DVD)
***This review is for the film only***

I had heard quite a lot of mixed comments about this film, some people thought it was the film of the year, while some really disliked it, but I do like Keanu Reeves so I thought I'd give it go anyway. I'm glad that I did.

Plot: It's about a group of proud Samurai who's master is killed and dishonoured and their status is reduced to Ronin. Only for them to rise up and seek revenge against the evil ruler and his magical witch, who are responsible

This film was panned by critics and became a huge box office flop but I really can't understand why. It's high adrenaline, action packed, exciting and has some absolutely mind blowing special effects. Ok Keanu Reeves does look a little out of place in a movie full of Japanese actors, playing out a truly Japanese story, but that is easily got past. There is quite a lot of Japanese language and subtitles in the film but most of it is in English so it's not too hard to follow.

The camera work and sound in this movie are what makes it really stand out, the unknown director really did a sterling job here and really immerses you into the magical world of the Ronin.
The acting for the most part is very good too and you really do develop a kind of kinship with some of the characters, which makes you really root for them and genuinely care about their fate.

All in all 47 Ronin is a fun, exciting, way to spend a couple of hours, it's visually stunning to look at and after a slowish start, the action and fantasy never lets up. Without giving too much away, it does leave the door open for a sequel but alas, due to its poor box office performance I doubt that we will ever see one.

8/10 Very good fantasy movie, harshly panned by the critics
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Initial post: 12 Feb 2014 18:52:44 GMT
Great review & I reviewed this & I hope it finds it's audience on dvd as it a well made film.

Robocop mate 12a kiddie friendly film & no decent villians I love the original & not fan of remakes as they never do justice to the original source material.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Feb 2014 23:49:42 GMT
D. Krol says:
I think I'll wait for it to come out on dvd then mate instead of going to see it in the cinema. Cheers for the heads up. (12A's suck)

Posted on 12 Apr 2014 20:30:04 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Apr 2014 20:33:55 BDT
James Lloyd says:
thanks for the review.

like so many films panned by critics - personally i think they must be the most boring people alive with no imagination lol

i only say this since i actually liked ronin and its just an example of other films critics seem to dislike yet i liked.....why people listen to them is beyond me its almost like what they say is gospel to some people.

example of biggest flops in cinema yet i liked..

Cowboys & Aliens
Hugo
waterworld (extended version)
the adventures of baron Münchhausen
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within
John Carter
R.I.P.D.
The Lone Ranger
gravity

the list can go on but maybe im just one of a small minority but i believe in having an open mind when watching films after all its fictional entertainment not factual.

p.s just found out this film cost $225m to produce lol wow i cant see how it cost that much when most of the films in the list below dont come close and seemed like bigger productions.....
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_box_office_bombs

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2014 05:02:57 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 May 2014 05:14:52 BDT
The production costs were sky high. If it doesn't succeed its value then essentially it's a flop.

And since when was gravity a flop? :/

In reply to an earlier post on 25 May 2014 17:43:28 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 May 2014 17:47:27 BDT
James Lloyd says:
ignore i have just checked and it was updated since i last looked...gravity has been removed lol

oh well :)

Posted on 4 Sep 2014 21:55:44 BDT
swordfish says:
Great review!

I loved the DVD, my expectations were low but really enjoyed it. 8/10 is spot on.

In reply to an earlier post on 4 Sep 2014 22:29:04 BDT
D. Krol says:
LOL James :-) Cheers M.R Really fun movie :-)

Posted on 5 Oct 2014 23:05:32 BDT
*** Spoiler***

As the 47 Ronin of the title all disembowelled themselves at the end, I would have thought the opportunities for a sequel were quite limited.

Other than that little nitpick though, I agree with your review. I loved the film.

In reply to an earlier post on 6 Oct 2014 00:23:28 BDT
D. Krol says:
LOL they all died at the end of 300 as well bud but they still made a sequel :-) Cheers for the read pal ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Dec 2014 00:32:52 GMT
Hollywood makes those costs up! The movie cost tons less to make but they tend add other movies to another budget so it doesn't make a profit, thus lowering TAXES. Hollywood is run like a criminal enterprise and if we tried their BS we would be behind bars for tax evasion.
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