East meets west with a flurry of digital trickery in 47 Ronin, an ill-conceived martial arts epic inspired by the real-life tale of a group of samurai who doled out justice in 18th-century Japan to avenge their master.
While the original story is tightly woven into Japanese culture and has been passed down through the generations, Carl Rinsch’s lavish spectacle will quickly be forgotten.
The film’s reported 170 million dollar budget has been invested in gorgeous production design and endless costumes. Beneath all of the lustrous packaging though, 47 Ronin is little more than a hoary B-Movie with little interest in the nuances of Tokugawa-era Japan.
Screenwriters Chris Morgan and Hossein Amini turn to sorcery to spice up their emotionally-starved narrative, and call upon the warlocks of the special effects department to conjure a horned monster, a mythical dragon and a shape-shifting witch out of the ether.
Gobble gobble gobbledegook - behold the post-Christmas turkey.