Everything that can potentially go wrong in a fantasy action epic does go wrong in “47 Ronin,” a samurai action film starring an ensemble cast headed by Keanu Reeves.
In all honesty, Reeves has never looked better in an action film, bringing intensity to the action scenes and making the most out of his underdeveloped character. The same can be said of every character in “47 Ronin”; the script is so sappy and cringe-inducing that at one point I thought to myself “you can’t be serious, right?”
Fifteen minutes into the film, I realized that the film would have been much better off completely done in Japanese. Having famous Japanese actors act out their roles in English tremendously limits their abilities to do a remotely good job.
For a film that took over $175 million to make, “47 Ronin” is definitely money not well spent. The CGI is passable, but the action is nowhere near frequent enough to showcase it.
Finally, the marketing campaign of the film misleads potential viewers but placing emphasis on characters that barely has any screen time in the film.
All of this culminates into a film that looked promising, as if it stood a chance to challenge “300” for becoming a modern fantasy action classic, but ended up a disastrous piece of junk.