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Film Review: 47 Ronin (2013)
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47 Ronin (2013). Directed by Carl Erik Rinsch and very loosely based on a true story. The film starts with a young boy, Kai, running away from his forest captors. The boy is weak and hungry, and collapses. A young girl, the daughter of the local shogun, finds him. The story moves forward 10-15 years. The boy is now grown up, but because of his mixed race he is forced to live outside the city as an outcast. The story for 47 Ronin is interesting, if a little slowly paced, and a mix of political drama and fantasy. Some of the live action scenes are beautiful, with the mostly Japanese cast decked out in amazing costumes. The CG is a mix of amazing and slightly ropey, and particularly the latter with some of the city scenes. Keanu Reeves does a good job of playing the adult Kai, and is supported by a great cast. This is definitely one of those films that splits the critics and the general public, based on scores both at IMDB, Rotten Tomatoes, and Metacritic. That in itself is interesting. You do need to enjoy somewhat slower paced action and the mix of drama and fantasy, and not be put off by the (somewhat typically) dour Keanu and mixed quality CG. It's hard to see where they spent the US$175M budget though. 4/5 (Good)
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