I finally caught 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves and Hiroyuki Sanada (Helix, Extant), in a story where “a band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.”
This is an adaptation of of the legend of the 47 Ronin, and this is director’s Carl Rinsch first big film and I think he did well with it, for a guy whose resume includes commercials.
The story starts out with a verbal recap of various origins, including the mysterious origin of Kai (Reeves) who is found and “adopted” by Oishi (Sanada). It’s an uneasy raising, as Kai is a half-breed, so can never be seen as a true member of their society in feudal Japan.
As the story progresses, we are introduced to the magic in the story, which, in the beginning is distracting. But the magical aspects of the story are not overwhelming and blend quietly into the third act.
But you do need to be able to accept this feudal Japan and Matrix and The Hobbit mash up, If you can do that, you should enjoy this Reeves platform because it suits his style perfectly.
All in all, it didn’t suck to watch, once you get past the first act. I caught it when it came up on one of my movie channels, and it was worthy. Had I dropped bucks at the theater, I might have not been so agreeable to having seen it, but as it was, it was fun.
I’d give it a popcorn 6 easy.