Juliana Malucelli
Chris Nashawaty
November 24, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Ninja Assassin

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
96 minutes
Wide Release Date
11/25/09
performer
Naomie Harris, Sung Kang, Ben Miles
director
James McTeigue
author
J. Michael Straczynski
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it an B

The folks at the MPAA must have been snoozing when Ninja Assassin came up for its rating. Because this slick slice of martial-arts mayhem from the producers of The Matrix is awash in blood. It spurts and sprays in geysers. And it never lets up. There’s a brutal (and admittedly very cool) fight scene every five minutes. What story there is revolves around a ninja (Korean pop star Rain) who teams with a sassy Europol agent (Naomie Harris) to get payback on the clan who trained him to be a heartless assassin. But let’s be honest, killing is this film’s business…and business is good. B

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