47 Ronin
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From ancient Japan's most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors. 47 Ronin is helmed by visionary director Carl Erik Rinsch (The Gift). Inspired by styles as diverse as Miyazaki and Hokusai, Rinsch… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 13%

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"The pacing is cloddish and tone unaccountably dour."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"An overlong, underwhelming movie now hitting theaters that certainly wasn't worth the wait."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"the movie is its own worst enemy"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"There's clearly been a lot of money spent and a lot of effort (not least by the Japanese actors struggling with their English dialogue), but the results are lacklustre, stupid and that worst of cinematic crimes -- dull."
‑ Russell Edwards, sbs.com.au
"Rinsch's vision of Japan is brimming with imagination, and I found myself wishing I could spend more time there. I just don't want any of these people with me.""
‑ Andrew Johnson, Movie Mezzanine
"47 Ronin is admirably devoted to its material, but it's almost tedious to watch."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
""47 Ronin" can't entirely paper over the void at its center, traceable partly to the shadowboxing of computer-aided filmmaking or studio tinkering."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, New York Times
"At the helm, Rinsch turns in a movie that's deadly serious yet entirely lifeless."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media
"Reeves does an excellent job of being a stoic servant bound by honour to reject love and embrace death. And "stoic servant" sounds a little like an actor stuck trying to make the best of a big budget film collapsing all around him, if you think about it."
‑ Anthony Morris, The Vine
"This lumbering vanity vehicle for star Keanu Reeves (50 this year!) features him looking as miserable and bored as the audience."
‑ David 'Mad Dog' Bradley, Rip It Up
"Solemn as a funeral march, humorless as your junior high principal, as Japanese as a grocery-store California roll, Keanu Reeves's let's-mope-about-and-kill-ourselves samurai drama has exactly three things going for it."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
"Memo to Hollywood: Find another use for Keanu Reeves."
‑ Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"A handsome movie in many ways, but it feels like an unpolished first draft, one that can't quite decide how fantastical it wants to be."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"47 Ronin's emphasis on authenticity leaves it an altogether dour affair."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"Keanu Reeves struggles to bring any life to this lugubrious, gloomily lit mythical tale about a group of outcast samurai soldiers. Slower than the queue at a ticket machine, it's only when the swords finally start swinging that the film really kicks in."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
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