Release Date: 2013
Running Time: 118 mins
I was surprised that this film was actually based on a true event that occurred in 18th century Japan where 47 Ronin (masterless Samurai) stood up against a Shogun to follow their own justice and avenge the slaying of their master. But that is where the reality of this film ends. The rest of the film dips and twists in and out of fantasy and drama mode, not really giving over a decent commitment to either genre.
The Japanese landscapes (although clearly photo-shopped) were beautiful , as were the lush costumes and fantasy creatures. But overall I found Keanu Reeve's character Kai a bit pathetic, why did the white guy have to save the Japanese warriors? Yawn, this movie was also generally too long winded.
The director Carl Rinsch originally wanted to do the movie as an art house samurai movie, and I wish he had.
FINAL SAY: In the end I wanted to fall on my own sword
2.5 Chili Peppers
Release Date: 2014
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 102 Mins
The man flesh was a flowing again in this second instalment of 300. Unfortunately, no amount of sculpted abs was going to bring this film to glory.
Clearly riding on the coat-tails of it's predecessor, 300: Rise of an Empire seriously struggled to find its own voice. The movie relied heavily upon blood splatter special effects and so many wispy fire effects that we started to wonder if the Grecian armies only burned teabags on their fires.
Eva Green was awesome, both fierce and sexy as Artemisia. But none of us could get past Xerxes transformation from 5ft 9" white male to 8 foot black gaylord after his roll around in the sewerage run off of the hermit 'f-shack' cave.
FINAL SAY: Stylish gore without any substance
2.5 Chili Peppers