Based on a legend that forms the national identity of Japan, 47Ronin is a film lying in the cans since 2011 despite having Keanu Reeves in it. Watching the film today in 2014 gives you an idea of what kept people from touching this film even with a barge pole. 47Ronin is dull, drab and utterly lacklustre.
A Samurai master is forced to commit ritual suicide due to a situation not of his making. His 47 men army is not left master less (hence called Ronins) and they set out to avenge their masters death. Into this mix is added a half blood fighter Kai, (a sleepwalkingReeves) and a lot of monsters, shapeshifting beings, sorcerrers and high decibel VFX. What should have been a rivetting action fantasy adventure ends up looking stale and boring.
The story has been retold many a times, yet nothing stopped the makers from trying to reinvent the wheel and presenting it in a new fashion. Sadly none of it is done. The action is doent o death , the visual effects, though dazzling at times, are passe for most of the film. One does not expect good acting from Japanese actors in an English film, but what is on display here is worst of the worse. The biggest flaw though is Keanu Reeves himself who is literally sleepwalking through the movie. Evidently positioned as the films central point throughout the promotions to create interest, he is the biggest let down.
Go watch this in the theatres only if you have the time to kill and wouldnt mind watching mindless underwhleming action. Stay clear if you expect the film to entertain.view less