Shippuden Movie: Bonds (BD) [Blu-ray]
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A group of mysterious flying ninja have arrived from overseas to launch a sudden attack against the Hidden Leaf Village, leaving behind a wake of destruction. The group is revealed to be the "Sky Ninja" from the Land of Sky, a nation thought to have been destroyed by the Hidden Leaf Village long ago. To save their village, Naruto and his friends set out to stop this new threat. During the course of the mission, Naruto crosses paths with Sasuke, his friend who has parted ways from the Leaf Village.]]>
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"Bonds" follows a pretty formulaic plot, as far as Naruto movies go. Something goes wrong, Naruto is sent on a mission with Sakura and whoever else is picked to have screen time this time around (Hinata being the third team member in this case), an important secondary character is introduced (the spunky tomboy Amaru), bad stuff happens in between, fighting, the bad guy is revealed, fighting, Naruto gets his butt kicked, passionate speech, epic final battle, the end. Now of course the movie is more complex then this, but this is merely the outline of the plot that most of these Naruto movies follow, and to be honest, thats fine with me. It works. One shouldn't go into these movies expecting to see some huge incredible story unfold. Its fan service, and fans love seeing these ninjas do what they do best: fight.
The movie was by no means bad, but as is with many movies, it didn't live up to the hype that was provided by the preview. I think the reason this was as much of a disappointment as it was is because the biggest thing fans looked forward to when watching this was seeing Sauske in action with Naruto. Anyone who has followed the series knows that Sauske has been absent for a very long time, and has only recently been getting any airtime. About the time this movie came out, we were starving for a little Sauske action, and we expected to see it in "Bonds".Read more ›
But when they do, we are hit by an entirely new problem. We have a moving fortress with immense power feeding off of people. We have the person who thought they were being mentored by the best, only to be betrayed by a truly evil being. We have fighting inside and it crashing down. Sound familar? Yeah, basically all hits on plot points from the second Naruto movie.
I know these movies are all filler and formulatic, but this one just went too far. Now the last 30 minutes does put up quite a crazy hit with a worm-like tail beast, with Naruto and Sasuke having to work together to destroy the monstrous creature. This scene is quite good, and the humorous ending after a dramatic falling from the sky to their death sequence was well done. However, the entire middle of this movie was quite dissapointing, and the fight scenes themselves aside from the Naruto/Sasuke team up were weak. And again, the entire rest of the sky ninja bomb, and then basically do nothing for the rest of the movie, their constructions destroyed by some odd amount of bugs that could've never existed. I quess they figured the Sasuke/Naruto sequence was enough to bring people in, and to be honest, it worked.
However, it cannot even come close to comparing to Naruto Movie 2: Legend Of The Stone Of Gelel, or Naruto Shippuden: The Movie. I honestly don't think it's close to any of them really.
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My kids love these movies. They will incur their friends over and have a Naruto marathon. :)Published 8 days ago by Julie M.
Great movie, been watching naruto for the longest time and bought all the movies recentlyPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
So I bought the movie for like, almost $10 (on dvd) at the time. The shipment didn't came right away but that's another story. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Khrista