Sunday, August 2, 2015
Ninja The Monster (2015) Fantasia 2015
I don't get the title or its significance since the ninja in the film, one of the princess's men is not a monster and the monster really is a monster. I'm equally puzzled about the discussion of ninja's being outlawed since ultimately the fact has little to do with the main action of the film. It does play into the pre-credits sequence but that sequence doesn't have much to do with the rest of the film.
This is an entertaining but unremarkable ninja/ monster film that doesn't have near enough monster. While the film does move along at a good pace and is entertaining the monster largely remains off screen through much of the film. Its bold choice owing to the title of the film, but I don't think it really works ( the monster not the film). For me the title promises more than we get. The lack of a real monster presence lessens the tension.
If you forget the monster and just see this as a ninja film (of sorts) this is a pretty good B film. It is a pretty good quest film on it's own terms. The action is well staged, the performances are fine. You even get a sense of what it probably really looked like during the period the film is set instead of the flashy typical movie settings.
I like the film, I just wish there was more monster. Worth a bucket of popcorn on a rainy afternoon.
The film World Premieres tonight at Fantasia at 715. For tickets and more information go here.