Synopsis: A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.
Release Date: December 25, 2013
Thoughts: There’s something about the preview for 47 Ronin that makes me think of those salad days in the late 80’s/early 90’s when you couldn’t throw a samurai sword in a video store and not hit a martial arts film starring any number of thick necked action heroes. Keanu Reeves (Parenthood) has his share of detractors but as blank as he may appear to be, I can tell the guy has an appreciation for filmmaking and seems to enjoy selecting unexpected roles. This isn’t the first time the Japanese folktale that anchors the film has been put on screen but it is the first time that Hollywood has taken a stab at it. It looks kinda schlocky, pretty fun, and something that will require a big tub of popcorn to really enjoy.