Back in black to attack the bad pack . . . . . .
Well, this is one of the easiest reviews I have ever written in my entire life. If this movie had a more appropriate title it would have to be something like “Punchy Stabby Kill Kill Man” because it does EXACTLY what it says on the tin (so to speak).
The screenplay is pretty cheesy, predictable and certainly nothing special. The cast are all there to either run, fight or get killed off (though Naomie Harris proves that she’s always watchable and leading man, Rain, certainly acts well enough to convince casual viewers that he knows his stuff). The effects are over the top with too much CG blood splashed everywhere and probably a bit to much gore in there for people who don’t have the stomach for such content.
But all of these things are pretty redundant. Director James McTeigue knows how to keep things brisk enough from start to finish and intersperses the slim, and ridiculous, premise with enough big action moments to keep people happy. The level of violence in this film is insane, as are most of the stylish fight moves, but that’s not a negative thing. Probably best appreciated with the biggest screen size and smallest number of braincells (kill most of them off with alcohol for the best viewing experience), this is a wildly entertaining movie that’s made for the fourteen year old boy all men still have in their souls. The one who jumped about in the privacy of his bedroom, wearing a scarf around the forehead and trying out ninja moves that no self-respecting ninja would actually ever utilise. Or maybe that was just me.
See this if you like: Iron Monkey, Ninja Scroll, G.I. Joe: The Rise Of Cobra.