Although you'd think people would spend the holidays in their homes catching up with their families and what-not, they actually tend to go to the movies after opening gifts and having awkward conversations. And Christmas Day moviegoers had a bunch of options this week, with recent releases (and not-so-recent releases) still going strong and a whole bunch of new releases arriving to coincide with the holiday.
You've surely seen the trailers for '47 Ronin,' which feature Keanu Reeves teaming up with a bunch of masterless samurai to take on a bunch of supernatural threats. If you saw them and wondered what the heck was going on, you're not alone. Story, at least in the marketing for the film, seems to have taken a back seat to CGI beasties. Thankfully, a new animated prequel to the feature film has arrived to give us a glimpse of what everyone is actually up to in this movie.
Keanu Reeves continues his martial arts movie journey in the new '47 Ronin' trailer. After starring in and directing 'Man of Tai Chi,' he's ready for a more "epic" journey, filled with fantastical (and heavily CGI-ed) monsters, a heart-pumping soundtrack and an army of samurai ... 47 to be exact.
The first trailer for '47 Ronin' left just as many people baffled as excited. After all, this movie looks downright nutty: Keanu Reeves as an inexplicably caucasian samurai leading 46 of his fellow warriors against all kinds of supernatural monsters is not something you get to see at the multiplex every day. While we can scratch our heads and wonder what this movie actually is all day, the new international trailer gets right to the point. Even with a language barrier, it makes it clear that '47 Ronin' is all about the monsters.
'47 Ronin' is a movie that has had its fair share of troubles. The film was set for release last November before it was pushed back to February of this year and then again to Christmas Day. In between were rumors that the film was wildly overbudget and its director - Carl Rinsch - was removed from the film. But, all that will be forgotten if '47 Ronin' is actually a good film (see: 'World War Z'). But, is it a good film? Let's watch the trailer and see what we can find out.
Recently it was announced that troubled production '47 Ronin' would go back for some reshoots, and had been delayed from February 2013 until December 25, 2013 (to put that in context, the film was scheduled to be released this November). Now the news is spreading that director Carl Rinsch has been removed from the editing room.
'47 Ronin' - the samurai tale starring Keanu Reeves - was originally set for release this November. It was then pushed back to February, 2013 claiming they wanted to "perfect the 3D" effects. But now the film is being pushed back even further - over a year after it was originally scheduled to hit theaters. So what gives?