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Ninja Assassin: Movie Review

Rain's first take on Hollywood was a big disappointment. People expected a lot from his "Speed Racer" performance but instead of making a loud, pounding growl it was more like a puny meow. He was almost non-existent in the film but who could really blame him? The movie just did not give him much capacity to show what he was made of. With "Ninja Assassin", the Asian superstar gets his chance to become the main protagonist on a Western film. For sure, this is his chance to impress both in his acting and martial arts skills. Can Rain impress or would this be another big flop for him? Read on to find out our verdict.

Raizo (Rain) is taken from the streets as a child and transformed into a trained killer by the Ozunu Clan, a secret society whose very existence is considered a myth. The Ozunu are known as being assassins in the ancient world. Raizo, haunted by the execution of his friend by the Clan, breaks free from them and vows to stop the clan someday, somehow. Meanwhile, Mika Coretti (Naomie Harris), a Europol agent, is investigating money linked to various political murders around the world and discovers that the Ozunu are behind these killings. Soon, she finds her life threatened by the Ozunu Clan's ninja assassins while an unlikely hero saves her life.

If you expect "Ninja Assassin" to bring out balls-out action then you won't be disappointed but expecting anything beyond is a no-no. To really get a picture of what "Ninja Assassin" is, think blood and gore of the "Kill Bill" movies interspersed with the intense action and visual style of "300". Sadly, this does not equate to it being better than these films - in reality, it is actually a mediocre version of both. Rain was amazing in the fight scenes (a sight to behold indeed) but his acting skills need to improve. At this point in his career he is all just flash and nothing more. The supporting cast didn’t do much help as well, making things even worse. The plot of the movie is a bit quirky and predictable which may tick some people off. Finally, if you really hate guts flying abound, then avoid this one for sure. Our recommendation is to watch "Ninja Assassin" if you just want intense action and fight scenes but avoid it if you want substance.

Rating: 2.5 reels

Why you should watch it:
- balls-out action from start to finish
- fans of Rain will definitely drool

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- blood and gore may be too much for some to digest
- so-so acting and plot means there is no substance to the movie

"Ninja Assassin" is brought to you by Warner Bros. Pictures. Catch it on cinemas starting November 25, 2009.

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