Coming out of the adrenalin and testosterone charged The Wolf of Wall Street and stepping into the somnambulant world of the 47 Ronin took some getting used to. Billed as Keanu Reeves return to the big, action movie, 47 Ronin tells the tale of Kai, the illegitimate child of a British sailor and a Japanese peasant who has been brought up by some strange creatures to be a skilled killer. While Kai is treated horridly by everyone, a nobleman, Lord Asano, and his lovely daughter Mika are kind to him. When the dastardly Lord Kira (you know he is evil by the way he squishes his eyes and curls his lip) with the help of a sorceress Mizuki gets rid of Asano, the samurai who are now ronin as they do not have a master swear revenge. Kai, who has been sold to slavery and is fighting battles with orcs (oh wrong movie) possibly Japanese orcs is recruited to the battle for honour.
The movie is good-looking enough with cool kimonos, flashing swords and floating hair. But the pace is just so sluggish that watching the movie is like watching paint dry. Reeves with his blank face, which worked fine as the digital messiah, Neo, in The Matrix movies doesn’t help either.
Genre: Action fantasy
Director: Carl Erik Rinsch
Cast: Keanu Reeves,Hiroyuki Sanada, Tadanobu Asano, Rinko Kikuchi, Kou Shibasaki, Jin Akanishi, Min Tanaka
Plot: The ronin need to avenge their master
Bottomline: A sleepy mix of martial arts and magic