Top critical review
It's a decent movie - kinda Dances With Wolves - though wholly imperfect overall
on August 26, 2016
Quick Story Recap: A former captain in the US Army, Nathan Algrean (Played by Cruise), is haunted by his help in the slaughter of native americans. He is approached to be paid very handsomely to do the same deed to the Samurai who are leading a rebellion in Japan. Being broke, he accepts. Without revealing to much more to spoil it, he finds his destiny in battle.
I think the acting was pretty decent all around. Cruise does well. I loved Billy Connolly however small his part he had. I thought Ken Watanabe was good too.
Overall, I enjoyed the movie. Great action scenes especially the battles. Not a perfect film, I wish I could change some things about the movie. The Voice Over at the end would be one as parts of it were cheesy. The other is the appearance of that same character (who did the Voice Over) on the front line of battle just before they will charge, I think they should either cut him out there or had Cruise hand off that item to him in another short scene elsewhere. (Possible Spoilers ahead I guess) I'd change how much the samurai value Cruise's characters input in a battle. These were seasoned fighters who defeated his army before and it seems kinda dumb that it was Cruise's decision to send in all troops to a suicide ride to the enemy front lines. The reason I think it's dumb was the Leader, Ken Wasabe's character, had already talked about wanting to die either by his own hand or in battle many times in scenes prior to this. He would/should have been the one to want to charge at a machine gun with a horse and a sword. For some reason, it also bothers me that the whole samurai army is waiting for Cruise to come out of the hut before the ride to the battle. Why would they all be waiting on just him. Did he not get the memo to be out ready for the ride at 0900 hours? It felt like they made him to be a higher status than leader and that is just ridiculous.
Some light moments from Cruise really helped out a film that sometimes starts veering into the over dramatic. But it's a film I'd say is a solid 3 out of 5, but the more you think about the film, the more you question it like, *why was the emperor such an indecisive weakling,* so please don't bring your brain to watch the movie.