Ninja Assassin definitely has a lot going for it. You got James McTeigue directing, nice. You got the Wachowski brothers on as producers, cool. And you have freaking ninjas! But, it looks like this action flick has no depth. Not that we were expecting much, but now we're told that even an infant can karate chop his way through this story. Eesh.
Ninja Assassin Reviewed
The only thing I don't like about the review posted by Variety for Ninja Assassin is that they compare it to V for Vendetta, like V for Vendetta is a bad film. I adore V for Vendetta; how dare you! Check out a snippet below.
Seemingly made to capitalize on a dubious CG innovation -- namely, the slicing of bodies in half by whizzing five-pointed stars -- "Ninja Assassin" has little else to recommend it, not even laughs. Working again with the Wachowski brothers as producers, director James McTeigue delivers a lower-brow, somewhat livelier work than the team's "V for Vendetta." But unless the viewer is easily delighted by ultraviolence for its own sake, this thinly plotted movie about a young ninja's revenge against his cruel trainers will disappoint. Warner Bros.' Nov. 25 release should nonetheless prove effective as holiday-season counterprogramming, at least in the short term.
While I still don't get why they needed to drag V's balls into this, check out the full review here.
Ninja Assassin opens to theaters on November 25th.