47 Ronin is a mess

GRAEME TUCKETT
Last updated 05:00 11/01/2014
47 Ronin

DOOMED: 47 Ronin

Relevant offers

Film reviews

Movie Review: The Carer Two Oscar-winning octagenarians defy their age as they hunt for a Nazi in Remember thriller movie Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond Movie Review: Star Trek Beyond Movie Review: Demolition Movie Review: A Months of Sundays While Ghostbusters could have been groundbreaking, it was a missed opportunity Movie Review: A Month of Sundays Movie Review: Ghostbusters Movie Review: Remember

47 RONIN (M)
Directed by Carl Erik Rinsch.

It's not often a film is already famous for being a failure before it has opened, but that is the fate that has befallen 47 Ronin.

The studio have all but disowned it, Keanu Reeves has gone back into hiding, and even in Japan, where the story of the titular samurai is a part of the national psyche, the film hasn't set the box office afire.

And I wanted to like it, I really did. I'm a fan of the underdog and the misunderstood. I enjoyed Battleship, and Speed Racer, and I even had some kind words for Stealth, but 47 Ronin really is a mess.

First time feature director Carl Rinsch seems kind of defeated by the length of the film, and spends far too long with Keanu and his fellow warriors sitting around discussing their quest, when all we in the cheap seats want to see is a healthy dose of action.

There are spectacular set pieces, and some of the costuming, stunt work, and CGI is truly wondrous. But for every jaw-dropping moment, their is an arse-numbing wait for the next to arrive.

With an Alexander style re-cut, 47 Ronin is salvageable. But for now, this film is dead on arrival.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content