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James McTiegue Pulls Out the Throwing Stars

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 23, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Trailers | July 23, 2009 |

If only because of my inordinate fondness for V for Vendetta, I’m doing my damndest to work up a lather of sweaty excitement over the trailer for James McTiegue’s next film, Ninja Assassin. The movie is about Raizo (Rain), one of the deadliest assassins in the world, transformed into a trained killer as a child. After a close friend is executed by The Clan, he lies in wait to exact his revenge.

It’s not that I don’t appreciate a little of that Matrix stylism merged with a martial arts film, but since that Matrix stylism first came from martial arts films, it feels a little old hat. There’s a certain level of bad assitude here, but it still looks kind of generic. I think I’d almost prefer it if it were Rainn Wilson instead of Rain. Not to worry, though. Rainn Wilson is working on a martial arts film, Bonzai Shadowhands, which comes out next year.

This will do in the meantime:

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