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The Last Samurai
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Starring: Tom Cruise, Timothy Spall, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Ken Watanabe
MPAA Rated: R
Released By: Warner Bros.
Web Site:
Kiddie Movie: Leave them with the sitter.
Date Movie: It's good for the both of you.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots and lots.
Action: The fights scenes are great.
Laughs: There's a chuckle or two.
Memorable Scene: The fight scenes.
Memorable Quote: Nothing stands out.
Directed By: Edward Zwick
Produced By: Scott Kroopf, Tom Engelman, Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner

The Last Samurai
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - R

It's 2:34 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
He might still get the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as Nathan in "The Last Samurai," but for a change Tom Cruise gets his film of epic proportions in a season where there are really too many top performances by dudes. Iím not saying he doesnít deserve it, but really the better actor in this movie was  Ken Watanabe as Katsumoto. Letís fill you in on some of the details.

Nathan is a war hero in America, but heís also a drunk. Heís disgruntled with those around him, mostly because their arrogance put him in a battle that shouldnít have been fought, mostly because it was a massacre of women and children Indians. Back in Japan, Katsumoto has been steadily defeating the governmentís fighters with his band of Samurai warriors. Well, the advisors to the emperor suggest bringing in the Americans with their modern weapons as a means to finally defeat Katsumoto. The American advisors know the best man for the job is Nathan, so money drives Nathan across the Pacific to train the emperorís soldiers. This is a task that will take some time, but the advisors and Nathanís superiors are growing impatient and make Nathan take the troops into battle before they are ready. Well, Nathanís troops pretty much stand no chance, and he gets captured by Kotsumoto who realizes killing Nathan wouldnít be nearly as wise as studying his opponent.

Well, eventually Nathan gets sucked into the Samurai culture, a lot of it having to do with his falling for a dudette and liking her kids. Eventually its showdown time and Nathan has to pick sides Ė hang with the emperor or with Katsumoto. Itís pretty easy to figure out whose side he ends up on.

"The Last Samurai" is really a good movie, with spectacular scenery, kick-ass fight scenes, and Tom Cruise doing a good job as the American soldier disgruntled with his commanding officers. Itís just that Cruise looks too polished for a movie set in the 1800ís, and that might hurt his chances at a statue. Watanabe as Katsumoto, on the other hand, comes across as the perfect Samurai leader. He is strong yet gentle, intelligent yet patient, and looks the part a little bit better. Itís rated R for a reason, the battle scenes are brutal and really show the effects of hand to hand combat and the ability to massacre that modern weapons brought to the lands. Itís an epic film that might just get left behind due to the quality of films that hit this year. I give it 4 Ĺ stars out of 5.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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