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47 Ronin
Release Date December 25, 2013


Plot: 47 Ronin, which are leaderless samurai, set out to find a man they once betrayed. Kai, a half breed who winds up as a slave, is needed in their mission. Seeking revenge for the death of their leader, they will band together with Kai to bring down supernatural forces transforming him into a legendary hero.

Thoughts: This movie is  high on my list of movies to see in December, alongside The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  For one thing, it’s a crazy dream version of a real event. 47 Ronin is based on real events in Japan. Their leader offended the Shogun by attacking one of his officials in the Edo Palace. The attack was only after being constantly provoked and insulted according to historical accounts. He was ordered to commit ritual suicide. His men were no considered Ronin because his clan as ordered to disburse. Ronin is simply a term for leaderless men. They conspired together and killed the official that brought the disgrace of their leader. They cut off his head and after bathing and preparing it, laid the head and a letter explaining their actions at the grave of their leader. They were captured and imprisoned by the Shogun for their crimes. In an act of clemency, the Emperor upheld their right to vengeance according to Bushido and let them commit suicide.  This was honorable because otherwise they would have been publicly executed as common murderers.  They still celebrate this act as a festival every year on December 14 the at Sengakuji Temple. (Wiki) 

Keanu Reeves plays Kai, the half breed they find to help lead them. I don’t expect this to be a “woah-fest” type movie. Everything I’ve seen so far about this movie makes me think it will be incredible. It’s a fantastical retelling of a legendary story. From the trailers, it looks like he is channeling the same performance he gave in Constantine, which I approve. The movie is also full of Japanese actors you didn’t know you knew so well. Attached to the movie is Rinko Kikuchi. She was mostly recently in Pacific Rim as Mako Mori but she’s a seasoned actress in both the US and Japan. Her performance in Pacific Rim was amazing.  Hiroyuki Sanada is considered one of the most prominent actors in the movie. He’s big news on both sides of the world. He was in the Last Samurai; Lost; Speed Racer; The Ring and Ring 2. Tadanobu Asano plays Lord Kira. You may know him from playing Hogun in the Thor movies or from Ichi the Killer. I’m also looking forward to seeing him the Lupin the 3rd movie. The entire cast comprised of major actors. The only thing that makes me nervous is that the director has NOTHING to his name. Carl Rinsch is the director and I am sure he’s worked on plenty with no credit. That’s how Hollywood works these days but he’s never directed anything full length. Once upon a time, all directors were unknown though.

47 Ronin is still worth seeing.

Trailer – Official 

I, Frankenstein
Release Date January 24, 2014


Plot: Adam, Dr. Frankenstein’s monster, finds himself the only defense the human race has against the armies of the dark. He is caught in the middle of a battle between fallen angels and gargoyles for domination of the earth.

Thoughts: What a crap fest! No matter how many trailers I’ve seen for this, I am constantly disappointed. The movie has a fantastic cast including Bill Nighy (Shawn of the Dead, Pirates of the Carribean); Miranda Otto (Lord of the Rings) and finally… Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight; Thank You for Smoking). The script was written by Kevin Grevioux based off his graphic novel. Oh yeah, and he acts in the movie. If you don’t know Kevin Grevioux, he is notable for co-writing the crap fest Underworld.

Not going to see this one… maybe when it hits Netflix so I can write a review. There is simply not enough alcohol to drink until it’s good. Their website is sad and poorly made so I am not linking to it.

Trailer – Official

Release Date March 21, 2014


Plot: Beatrice Prior has turned 16. This is the time where she will learn what her path in life will be. In a future Chicago, society is divided into five factions. After her test she finds out she’s divergent and the test didn’t work. They tell her not to let anyone know because they will have her killed.

Thoughts: This was another young adult science fiction novel optioned by Hollywood to feed off the Twilight/Hunger Games fans. I’m not saying I’m opposed to more movies based off well written fiction. The trailers look interesting but they really are feeding off the Hunger Games fans. The movie has the same aesthetic look and feel. The book is the first novel by Veronica Roth and it’s a trilogy. Potentially, if this does well we can get two to four movies out of this. Kate Winslet is in this movie… that means it’s going to be good right? The main character is played by Shailene Woodley. You know her mostly from TV like the O.C. and Crossing Jordan. I checked some fan reactions and the community is eagerly awaiting the movie on screen.

I’m planning to go see this movie. I am curious enough to want tickets after seeing the trailers. It reminds me of so many science fiction movies like Equilibrium.

Trailier – Official