The Ozunu Clan is an order that takes children and grooms them into beings deadlier to humanity than KCR, i. e., assassins. No one knows about this secret society, except as a myth.
Now we know it's difficult to keep your head in certain situations, but when the Ninjas are around, it's impossible to keep your head... and also your arms, legs, torso and heart. They're an extremely agile group, and people who they've chosen to kill die gruesome deaths.
Mika (Naomie Harris) is a Europol agent who sees some connection between people dying and certain financial transactions being carried out in scattered places. And no, it's not people purchasing tickets to Ninja Assassin. Apparently, she wants to investigate the high-power murders that the members of the Ozunu Clan are committing.
Mika runs into Raizo (Rain), a talented assassin who ran away from the Ozunu Clan. Raizo is waiting to get back at the Clan because he was embittered by the death of his lady love, who was also a Ninja, in the hands of the violently unforgiving society. He usually spends his time practising his skills, breathing deeply and taking us through the history of the 89,697 gashes on his body.
It's no fun to see wounds that gory on people, even if these people are related to this movie. The makers probably know it and think it's a matter of practice before you find it fun. So they make the Ninjas want to do it all over again to their traitor. The assassins are now after Mika as well as Raizo. Mika tries protecting Raizo, but her boss (Ben Miles), who is under pressure from higher authorities, calls in the police and traps him.
After a lot of hacking and slashing of hundreds of people, and gushing of different shades of blood from every possible orifice of the body, the movie's ready to be wound up. The bad guys are either killed or captured, and the good guys survive. Members of the audience survive, too, but we can't say the same about what they ate.
Ninja Assassin is a 2-hour-long butchering session. The action here consists mainly of limbs flying about and cameras zooming into vibrant shots of cut body parts. The plot is wafer-thin and obvious, and is an excuse to keep the slicing going. A pity no one told the editing team that the plot isn't an excuse to keep the audiences going away.
A few action scenes are impressively set up, though, including the training sessions. Only, you must be prepared for every scene to converge into blood and flesh.
Performances and dialogues aren't relevant in a film like this. Rain doesn't need to change his expression, ever. Good for him. Naomie Harris and Ben Miles have roles that require a bit of acting, and they're good.
The visuals vary from dark and blood-soaked, to semi-dark and blood-soaked. And when you finally open your eyes, everything is all blood-soaked. The music could have been on similar lines, but thankfully doesn't spill any blood.
You'd want to go for Ninja Assassin only if you're male, and only if you're in the mood. We wish you luck - and hope the phase passes soon.