Ninja Assassin, never has a DVD cover seemed so unpromising, and yet....
Go watch it.
BIG ARSE SPOILERS!!!
Why does he not have his own school already? ... 8th level faces 10th level Master, then turns 9th right before he is split down the back. 10th level Master kills girly right before 9th level, who then spontaneous converts to 11th* level and twats the f*cker.
... And then I wonder how this film is so good, and the credits come up.
- - Oh.
NEED TO GET THIS FILM.
...Seriously. ... If you ignored the spoiler warnings and read on, you need to go watch/buy this film. It fulfills the promise of the title - - when it could have so easily have fulfilled the promise of the cover and been crap.
*I'm using the Spinal Tap speaker scale here, rather than any martial arts official scale, because my knowledge of martial arts sucks. And lets face it, each martial art uses a different scale anyhoo.
**Mind you I am half way through an extremely good bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon (which I usually say "meh" too, but this one is superb: Rockford Valley, Australia, 2003. They know how to grow a grape.) which may be colouring my opinion. But I'm fairly certain the film is going to be just as good on the utterly sober rewatch, tomorrow afternoon.
Really good wine, utterly great film. What more could you want?
By the by - "Bottle Shock" as recommended by Jim Henshaw is a pretty good 104 minutes, too.