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47 Ronin

Action . Adventure . Fantasy . Drama

Based on the original 1941 movie from Japan, and from ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.

Actors: Keanu Reeves , Hiroyuki Sanada , Kou Shibasaki , Tadanobu Asano , Min Tanaka , Rinko Kikuchi , Jin Akanishi , Masayoshi Haneda , Hiroshi Sogabe , Takato Yonemoto , Ko Shibasaki
Directors: Carl Rinsch
Country: USA
Release: 2013-12-25
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  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    A multi-colored downer fantasy which combines bursts of imagination with a bleak worldview, resulting in something that rarely feels mainstream.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    Perhaps a folly and – Kikuchi aside - too deadpan to be a romp, this is still a decent, colourful samurai spectacle with a classical look (lots of symmetrical compositions) and a story which stands up under multiple retellings.

    Empire Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    This one never quite decides if it wants to be a big, boisterous epic or a solemn retelling, and it nearly disappears into the crack between the two.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    An odd mix of stiff and sumptuous.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Sara Stewart

    There’s little sense of urgency, or — oddly, given the film’s title — of scale. You never really think that the 47 are truly outnumbered, and the large action scenes are often just incomprehensible.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    While the visuals are lovely to behold, this unremarkable version of the classic 18th century Japanese legend is stiff and uninvolving.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    Hollywood's latest play for the growing Asian market revisits the ancient Japanese legend of self-sacrifice, hoping to offset its garbled narrative and grinding humourlessness with 3D and Keanu Reeves as a samurai Jesus.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Nicolas Rapold

    47 Ronin can’t entirely paper over the void at its center, traceable partly to the shadowboxing of computer-aided filmmaking or studio tinkering.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    As impressive as these visual elements prove to be, the film struggles to grab and maintain audiences’ interest, whether or not they know the underlying legend by heart.

    Variety Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    Ultimately, the movie just doesn’t justify its outrageous bid to turn a solemn tale of self-sacrifice into swaggering global-marketplace entertainment.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    Rinsch, making his feature debut, shows the shortcoming of someone coming from the image-based world of commercials and advertising. There are moments of genuine beauty and a few terrifically eye-popping effects, but no feel yet for storytelling.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Rooney

    It falls short on character definition, emotional involvement, narrative drive and originality.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s a movie of pointless scenes.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Simon Abrams

    In spite of its enjoyable, easy-to-exploit aspects, 47 Ronin is a big budget spectacle hamstrung by its need to be at once flippant and respectful of its honor-driven source material. Full Review
  • Kenji Fujishima

    This botched vision accepts the warrior's nobility at face value and sees the story merely as a springboard for high-flying action and CGI special effects.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    This Hungarian-shot bore is so indistinct it reeks of no place more than Hollywood, where the fascinating specifics of history and legend are ground into universal mush.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    47 Ronin is elephantine and lumbering, a wobbly, would-be epic that aspires to the scope and majesty of The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, but comes up woefully short.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Keith Uhlich

    The basics of the story remain unchanged, but it’s the wanna-be-blockbuster additions that rankle, be it the incoherent direction of first-time feature director Carl Rinsch or the copious CGI beasties who look like rejected "Lord of the Rings" villains.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Matt Glasby

    “I will search for you through 1,000 worlds and 10,000 lifetimes!” Reeves promises his beloved. Anyone who sits all the way through this glossy folly will know exactly how that feels.

    Total Film Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    Insufferably boring, culturally hegemonic, and profoundly ugly. Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    In the monumentally dull 47 Ronin, Reeves mumbles monosyllabic claptrap between dull action scenes. And it’s a shame: At almost 50 years old, the actor allows this turgid, clanky flick to play to his worst stereotypes.

    New York Daily News Full Review
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