Here’s a different idea.
Grab a martial arts expert. Make him the centerpiece of a concept. Add a couple of dozen extras in black, ninja face-wrapped garb. Shoot a series of creative, high-octane action sequences. Make them really bloody. Add CGI effects and some very complicated stunts. Then write a story around them.
That’s probably not how it went with Ninja Assassin. It just seems that way.
Never miss a local story.
Here’s what director James McTeigue (V for Vendetta) and writers Matthew Sand and Changling’s J. Michael Straczynski developed.
A Europol team discovers that ninjas are assassinating political leaders. They must be stopped. The team, however, quickly discovers that people in high places want their investigation brought to a halt.
Ninjas that aren’t supposed to exist now threaten to kill them, too. Salvation is found in Raizo, a former member of the evil Ozuno Clan of Ninjas. The story of the brutal training he got that made him a formidable fighting machine and why the clan wants to kill him is shown in a series of flashbacks.
Everything in Ninja Assassin is over-amped. A cut of the blade is accompanied by buckets of non-realistic-looking blood. It is thrown around with glee in slow-motion and fast. There is so much of the stuff that a character getting a paper cut would be doused in gallons of the stuff.
Entertainment value here is relative. If it’s your thing, you’ll love it. If not, you won’t.
Mr. Movie rating: 3 stars
Rated R for blood, gore, extreme violence. It opened Wednesday, Nov. 25 at Regal’s Columbia Mall 8 and at the Fairchild Cinemas 12.
5 stars to 4 1/2 stars: Must see on the big screen
4 stars to 3 1/2 stars: Good film, see it if it's your type of movie.
3 stars to 2 1/2 stars: Wait until it comes out on video.
2 stars to 1 star: Don't bother.
0 stars: Speaks for itself.