Ninja Assassin

Film, Action and adventure
Ninja Assassin
With a title that so brazenly lunges for the hokum jugular, this should have been a claret-soaked cakewalk for Wachowski cohort James McTeigue. Instead, we’re lumbered with a garish and poorly filmed chop-socky frolic that makes about as much sense as an Escher painting viewed through Vaseline-smudged Ray-Bans. The ‘ninja’ of the title is coiffed, toned and oiled lone gun Raizo (unconvincing South Korean pop sensation Rain, below) who becomes a target for government spies. Aside from the flashbacks detailing his years of training in a mountain commune, the film takes place in disused warehouses and offices in – for some reason – Berlin. The supporting cast – including Naomie Harris with a creaky Yank drawl – are little more than expositionary cyphers, and by the time you get to an army of tooled-up foot soldiers being shredded to mincemeat in a hail of death stars, you’ll be too numbed with boredom to care.

By: David Jenkins


Release details

Rated: 18
Release date: Friday January 22 2010
Duration: 99 mins

Cast and crew

Director: James McTeigue
Cast: Rain
Naomie Harris
Sung Kang
Ben Miles

Average User Rating

4.1 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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I'd bin waitin for ages to watch this film, an I thought it was fantastic I loved it!

I couldnt disagree more with this being a good movie. i waited months for this film in the antisipation of it being a master piece of martial arts meets the matrix style fight scenes. Fair enough the plot is thin almost like the Spartan 300 being born to fight and trained to be as mentally removed as a slaughter man stripping the skin from a rabbit.this just bordered on the stupid with being able to heal the human body after almost havin a sword thrust through you abdomin with a few deep breaths and some oragarmi style finger moves. Ninjas who can move faster than linford christy over the 100 metres with a blured like shadow trailing behind. All the fight scenes are filmed in near darkness with the only fight scene on a busy motorway being filmed buy a man who forgot how to zoom out to capture the whole scene and who also forgot where the anti camara shake button was. I left the cinema gutted this film didnt deliver any of the mindless action i was after. To much blood and not enough daylight action. 1 star is all its worth

I'd been studying Citizen Kane for weeks in uni and raelly needed something to switch my mind off with, this film was perfect for me at the time. Great fight scene, beautiful effects used with the ninjas and a suitably predictable story to follow. Is it a step forward for filmaking in general? No. Is it a hallmark for storytelling? Hell no. Did I expect it to be anything but a 90 minute blast of mindless entertainment? No. Was that kind of thing exactly what I needed at the time? Hell yes! If you want to see some awesome fight scenes, gallons of blood and every ninja cliche ever, then go see this movie, if your a film snob who can't sit back and enjoy simple entertainment for an hour and a half, then don't bother and go back to sitting alone saying how Citizen Kane is the best film of all time (no it bloody isn't!)

Not for the faint hearted! If you love a good bloody action movie this ones for you. Theres not much of a story line but the graphics and action scenes are amazing. I loved it.

Not for the faint hearted! If you love a good bloody action movie this ones for you. Theres not much of a story line but the graphics and action scenes are amazing. I loved it.