Currently on Rotten Tomatoes, Ninja Assassins is holding a 29% rating. But I’m here to tell you that (I believe) this movie rocks. Ninja Assassins is just awesome. It is the quintessential 80s Action movie, that includes all of the blood and guts, bad acting and over the top fighting scenes that I grow up with and love. Ninja Assassins even ends with a very 80-esque song that sounds like they took some samples from the Rocky theme song.
Having said that, even though I personally think this movie was great, it isn’t for everyone. If you didn’t like the 80s style of doing action films your probably not going to like this film, and if you want great dialogue your going to be out of luck.
I thought the story line was ok as it did the job of explained the basic reasons for why the characters in the film are doing what they are doing. (Just an aside, I personally don’t believe that an action movie needs to have a great story line. The story for me, just needs to be enough to be somewhat believable as the action in this type of movie is the primary aspect and not the story. But that’s just my opinion.)
Even though the film was awesome, there were some problems with this movie.
- The Dialogue As I said there is some pretty bad dialogue in this movie and some bad delivery by some of the characters. Especially Takeshi who sounded cheese every time he spoke.
- Shaky Camera. Shaky Cam is only used in one scene where the main character, Raizo, is running from a group of ninja in the streets and they decided to have the camera man run after them. It got really shaky, so much so, that it was hard to track exactly what was happening in the scene.
- Unresolved Storylines. I think this was done intentionally to leave room for a sequel, but I did feel they were worth mentioning. First, we never find out who was tipping Raizo off to who was going to get assassinated. Also, we never find out who exactly were the parties responsible for investigating Mika and Maslow and moved to have the ninjas to assassinate Mika. We assume that it was other governments, but it isn’t really directly pointed out. (I don't really like to assume what a film is trying to do. I call that lazy film making.)