There is a lot more that goes on that I won’t go into but let’s just say that this movie never stops adding plot twists and then suddenly gets caught up in its own story and must rely on cliche moments.
Coming to performances Keanu Reeves continues his wooden expressions forward with half breed out cast Kai. Hiroyuki Sanada as vindictive Ronin Oishi is promising. His character could have been developed as central protagonist but he gets pushed aside as a support. Rinko Kiuchi – Tadanobu Asano are fine in wicked way. Ko Shibasaki is pretty as Kai’s love interest.
Studio meddling to suit the Hollywood style in Carl Rinsch direction is blatantly evident instances of clumsy editing, flow of scenes, drop in the narration (feels like around 30 minutes of movie is missing). The 3D added some dimension to the landscapes, which were gorgeous to look at, and it did the use of 3D that I love the most which is snow fall, but overall it was unnecessary and didn’t really add to the overall experience. Soundtrack is very loud. To go along with the loud soundtrack and endless amounts of CGI animation this film lacks in acting at every level, which cannot all be blamed on the cast seeing how they did not have a lot to work with. As scenes get more and more corny along the way so does the dialogue and situations cast members find themselves in.