Directed by: Edward Zwick
Starring: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, Koyuki, Tony Goldwyn, Masato Harada, Timothy Spall, Koyuki, Shin Koyamada, Shichinosuke Nakamura
Synopsis: An American army captain is hired to help modernize Japan's Westernized forces. When held captive by Samurai, he learns a new way of life.
There are shots of beautiful vistas and gratuitous gore. There are slow motion action sequences and parts that are just slow. Parts of the story are entirely believable and others are somewhat ridiculous. The most unfortunate part was casting Cruise in the role of Nathan Algren. The battle sequences are very large and impressive and the scenery is amazing and the costumes are outstanding but there just isn't enough in the film to make it good overall.Added 01 January 2005 at 12:27 AM
I could have lived without the love story (although, to be fair, it was surprisingly understated) and I didn't like that the plot followed the standard formula. Watanabe was great though, the battle scenes were painful to watch, and Cruise wasn't totally offensive. Since I'm a sucker for a lost cause, I liked the movie. The last half, anyway.Added 24 June 2005 at 12:46 AM