Year of release: 2009
Director: James McTeigue
Stars: Rain, Naomie Harris, Randall Duk Kim, Ben Miles, Rick Yune
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 5
Synopsis:"Ninja Assassin" is James McTeigue's second film. Following the warm reception that his first "V for Vendetta" had, McTeigue has decided to tackle a B-movie staple, the ninja action film. The result is a cross between the traditional B-movie feel and the hyper-gloss and sophistication of a comic book film. The story follows Raizo, a young boy who is instructed in the ways of being a ninja since he is a child. Throughout his education, one of his classmates, a girl, shows him that there's a life beyond the walls that keeps them locked and for that she is killed. When Raizo reaches adulthood and his training is completed, he rebels against the "family" that tutored him and decides to battle them. He is joined in his quest by Mika, an Interpol researcher that finds traces of the mysterious Ninjas in her searches (and therefore herself becomes a target). McTeigue knows that this type and style of film is mostly aimed at battle/fight sequences, with a story and plot line that is usually very connected with the revenge film. What he does in this film is create a sense of dynamics, showcasing a virtuosity and energy with the camera that make the film quite enjoyable. Though the screenplay is basic, this is a highly polished B-film, that is contagious and unpretentious. As is serves for it's entertainment factor. Worth checking out.