This is one of those movies where I wasn’t quite sure of what was going to happen when I got it. I remembered seeing a trailer for it a long time ago, and it seemed kind of like a funny movie; a pastiche on ninja films. It’s not really a comedy, though. It’s a film that tries to play the absurd straight. I guess one could take that for comedic effect, but it didn’t ring with me.
Most movies probably need the right audience and viewing circumstnaces to truly shine, and I think Ninja Assassin is one of those films. Watching it by yourself is no fun. You need a bunch of guys sitting around going “Man, wouldn’t it be cool if a ninja did X?” Then, amazingly, the ninja DOES X and you all go “Sweet!’
The amount of gore and violence is so over the top that you can’t help but be amused. Again, the movie is trying to homage and mock its source material at the same time. The plot revolves around a bunch of ninja clans who want to take each other down and have done so indirectly throughout the centuries. There’s fairly little depth to it, and the main character’s motivation is out of nearly every comic book.
I guess if you like gratuitous blood geysers, this is the movie for you. If you’re looking for good writing or some kind of a point, it’s a skip.