“ The basic plot is utterly predictable: white man goes to conquer savage backward natives, falls in love with their way of life (and one of their women too) and repents and decides to adopt their way of life.
“ As it was when I first saw Gladiator, I wanted to see this again right after I walked out of the theater.
“ The characters were real enough to the point where you cared for them, the dialogue was believable and intriguing, and the directing was allusive and ingenious.
“ Ken Watanabe is very compelling even when he spouts bad dialogue (one can only imagine how many more diverse roles he's played in his native Japan).
“The script is a tired cliché from start to finish.
“ and he gets to keep the girl' 'but that doesnt sound right' ' will add on another $50m to the box office' 'ill go tell tom and ed' hence the death scene is drawn out like a pantomine, losing ken watanabe the oscar in the process.
“ And the boring parts.
“It is a satisfying epic with thrilling battle scenes..What makes this film riskier than Braveheart or Gladiator, each of which did well commercially by anachronistically having its heroes fight and die for a form of modern democracy, is that Nathan Algren is battling for something that is somehow more personal and more abstract: a highly individual concept of honor.
“ I love the fact that he movie makes you hunger to learn about this fascinating culture as it is told in a respectful and dignified manner.
“ I would rate it a 6 overall, since it does have certain parts that are somewhat enjoyable.
“ Let me mention the most obvious strength of the film: This is an absolutely stunning looking film.
“ Not as great as his Oscar wins, but Toll delivers some breathtaking shots of beautiful scenery.
“That night, after I sat through the TORTUROUS 3 hours of "THE LAST SAMURAI" I went home and watched "SANJURO.
“ Taking the breathtaking "Way of the Sword" track at the final battle scene - while bullets fly around, Algren holds dying Katsumoto in his arms and music becomes especially tender as though symbolizing his departure and a relief from all the hardships and duties he bared through his life.
“ It was at times predictable, but it was a fun and enjoyable ride.
“ Their relationship was endlessly fascinating and enlightening.
“ The characters had depth and the story was fascinating.
“The photography is breathtaking, the story well written and the clash of the two cultures in the same country is well captured.
“ It may have stunning visual effects, bringing you at the edge of your seat.
“), and the confusing reason as to why a Japanese Samurai wife and caring mother of two would forgive the man who'd slain her husband and actually got with him!
“ If he had played the hero, I would have left the theater.
“Add to that a picture quality that was much less than satisfactory (was the whole film treated with a low resolution digital intermediate, because it lacked any sharpness or detail in the blacks in 90% of the shots) and you have a film that can be summed up as a complete waste of time.
“ The scenes are overly long, difficult to really understand and appreciate, and grotesquely predictable.
“ Everything about this movie was breathtaking: the acting, the story, the action, the set designs, direction, re-view value.
“ Watanabe, at 6'2', and with the most pale skin and bland features of any Japanese actor I can recall, is as about as typical of 19th Century samurai as his co-lead, Tom Cruise, who is as typical of 19th Century Americans as, say, Michael Jackson.
“ His character goes through a coming of age sub-plot, when he finally has a chance to redeem himself by choosing a path of righteousness rather than blindly following orders.
“ For Tom Cruise, it's an intense role in a picture that calls to mind the 1990 Western epic "Dances With Wolves" in it's examination of a foreign culture and how becoming familiar with the unknown can be a life defining experience.
“ Breathtaking stuff.
“Great directing, action, and a riveting story.
“ The battle scenes are fantastic, characters sympathetic, sub plots engrossing, and you will wish as I did that the movie would not end.
“ If you don't go to many movies, don't waste your time with this one, go out and rent Seven Samurai instead.
“ I was awestruck by the artistry of it, and dumbstruck by the banality of it (since it was an Oscar nominee).
“ Although it is great too look at the entire time, even during the final sequences, the film is too long.
“Overall, a waste of money.
“This movie runs the spectrum of emotions from exciting martialarts scenes and choreography to heartfelt drama and redemption.
“ `The Last Samurai' is formulaic epic: exotic location, historical shift in culture (Japan on the brink of modernism), a singular hero tested to the max, and warfare on a grand scale.
“ Too predictable .
“ Samurai pictures, as relayed to Western culture most popularly by Akira Kurosawa, and martial arts flicks from the 1970s, have been the focal point of an intense study by American film-goers in the last half-century.
“ Shamelessly ripping off its concept from "Dances With Wolves", trying to make it evolve into something with deep emotions and meanings, and creating a movie whose story is predictable from beginning until the end (the trailer only tells half of it) is a fraud, and to me is insulting.
“ But the dialogue and denouement are too typically cliched and predictable, much like John Logan's most well-known screenplay, GLADIATOR, and the score is awful.
“ Very entertaining film and worth your time to view.
“ Excellent battles and compelling story not to mention a killer soundtrack (good old Hans Zimmer) this film stands out from the crowd in its genre and provides something unique.
“ What matters is whether we can become emotionally immersed in the story, and this one allows that.
“ The storyline is a bit hard to follow in the beginning as Cruise's character was not developed well--I spent the beginning of the film trying to figure out what the deal was with this guy and where all his issues were coming from.
“ I must say I found this Cruiser very enjoyable and engrossing.
“ Zwick has made his best film since 1989's `Glory', a truly gripping and visually stunning effort.
“ I found it even a little more rousing and emotional, at least in terms that i could identify with than ROTK.
“All these things combined the film still manages to maintain itself as a highly competent action thriller, with taught suspenseful pacing, and an intelligent storyline.
“ Definitely worth watching before the summer flicks come out!.
“Much like Seven Samurai, The Last Samurai is a slow-burning film that rewards the viewers patience with a spectacular closing act that is epic, clever and heart-breaking.
“ Luscious scenery and well choreographed fight scenes offset what is basically a predictable and derivative script.
“ Stunning storyline, dialogue, acting and special effects .
“ The actor who plays Katsumoto was stunning.
“ Some parts are brutal, but the whole movie is exciting and...
“ a stunning film .
“ Like many others have already said, this film is akin to Braveheart in its sweeping vistas, rousing fight scenes, and emotional impact.
“ First of all, they ruined the stunning cinematography with horrendous framing.
“ But as it is now the movie is unbearable for the earnest viewer.
“ Ken Watanabe is incredible here, he gives us a performance that we will never ever forget, he was just so powerful and had an amazing presence, he was also very intense, and so passionate about his role, his performance really moved me, for a lot of the film this was his show, I can't wait to see more of this guy!.
“ The Last Samurai An Entertaining Action Adventure Drama .
“As a film, nevertheless, it's well made and entertaining, Edward Zwick is a fine director of epic films.
“ Very well done, enjoyable despite echoing scenes and characters from other films .
“ Algrens engrossing passion is swayed when he is caught and held prisoner by the Samurai.
“ The plot line is too weak, Cruise's character so contrived, that there is little point to this movie.
“ But beyond that, the movie is utterly predictable, condescending and manipulative.
“Nevertheless, it was an entertaining film to watch and I'm sure many people will enjoy it.
“Although at times a trifle drawn out and perhaps leaning towards sentiment rather than historical accuracy, this is nevertheless a hugely entertaining movie.
“For me, the film was an entertaining diversion, and basically met my expectations.
“ Good in Parts - Dull and Predictable Finale .
“everything from seppuku to the intense training they endure everyday.
“ Pretty much what you'd expect then: but when movies are this enjoyable, that is no bad thing.
“ Well made, excellent photography, a brilliant cast, good music, a huge historical story for Japan and the context of rebellion and the state, a great individual story for Tom Cruises character in gaining a sense of worth, a director on the top of his form in Ed Zwick, a action filled idea filled movie: thoroughly entertaining.
“ For a film that started off well, this dropped off significantly as it dragged on.
“ I got a bit bored by too much warfare and destruction, although I know that's the way of war.
“ His performance in itself makes this film worth watching.
“ The chemistry between Cruise and Watanabe is quite enjoyable, and really does work as they try to get know each other.
“ At first, the story seems to be setting Cruise up for his own personal Lawrence of Arabia, but as soon as his character arrives in as a captive of the Samurais' village, the almighty Hollywood Cliché takes over the story.
“ It is primarily a drama, actually, regardless of how it was billed, so there ARE slow areas where story- or character-development are given center stage.
“ A Very Entertaining Action Film .
“ The stunning cinematography alone was worth it.
“ Predictable .
“ It's an intense and heart breaking piece of film making that is of the highest caliber, it's a great and powerful film that tells a story of honor and respect and the way of the samurai.
“ The story is fairly predictable: Without going into too much detail, Algren is captured by the samurai and comes to respect their beliefs and way of life, eventually joining their side in an effort to redeem himself for the Native Americans he had killed, and whom he sees mirrored in this proud warrior culture.
“ Cinematography by John Toll, is Stunning.
“ Turned out to be a very enjoyable way to spend two and a half hours.
“I was constantly thinking that this movie had to be like Master And Commander (Which i gave 7 and found a tad confusing and meaningless), but but after watching this i was stunned and had no idea how i would describe it, i barely ever give 10 to a movie, but i think this one deserves it, even though it has taken a bit of critism from reviewers and other movie goers, i can't deny what i think is the proper solution hehe, stunning movie.
“ For all the work put into this movie, it used every worn out cliché in the book.
“ He even misses out completely on what Kurosawa brought to his period dramas thematically - even in his most rousing adventure films, Kurosawa always reflected on the downside of the samurai lifestyle: the unceasing violence, the uncertain life, the entrapment by rules, and the hollowness of making a life by killing.
“ movies don't have to be history books on film--all facts and no fiction, but I would expect this type of menudo to have been made in the 40's as WWII propaganda...
“ An entertaining enough evening although don't think for a moment you're going to see a classic.
“ Edward Zwick's "The Last Samurai" embodies the elements of the rousing historical action epic and strong human drama so perfectly I found myself unable to turn away from the glorious battle and sentimental character-driven plot.
“ However, there's a twist here that I really appreciated: This movie is not about good vs bad and a guy becomes a legend, this is more about the process, the meantime, and it's something that even thought is becoming a cliché.
“ Other notable roles including subdued yet tender presence of Koyuki as Taka to always enjoyable contribution from Billy Connolly round out an impressive cast, even more so given obvious communication issues and the enactment of numerous battle scenes with fairly hectic swordplay.
“ It becomes so predictable and ridiculously close to Costner's immersion with the Indians in WOLVES that it becomes stale and one-note.
“Anyway, the film, as cliche-laden as it was, was still worth it.
“ Overall, I enjoyed the film but would have enjoyed it much, much more if they had left out the ever-present Hollywood overtones, and the inevitable sellout to the lowest common denominator.
“ Watching this as well as a few other action scenes with the samurai fighting were great, making most of the action scenes from most of the 2003 films look boring to silly (except for ITALIAN JOB, PIRATES, & KILL BILL).
“ And that's exactly what this was, entertaining.
“ Exciting, thought provoking, touching, everything an epic needs!
“ Enjoyable .
“ It's enormously exciting, suspenseful, fast-paced, it has a number of great characters, and it engages all the right emotions at all the right moments without being too manipulative.
“ I keep asking myself how could I spent so many years of my life, passively consuming this junk-culture propaganda.
“ This element in The Last Samurai was very emotionally resonating because usually, movies with a war theme like this leave me at a rapid disillusionment with the slow segments within the film's plot, waiting for the battle sequences to come back.
“ Meaning, we see none of the degrading subjection of women, the narrow and limiting tradition of the tribal blood feud, the empty militarism at the expense of cultural broadening, the rigid caste system, the scientific and medical ignorance, etc. etc. On the contrary.
“What troubled me most of all was the moral confusion at the heart of the film.
“an epic in every sense,tom cruise proves he can act and this is just a remarkable,stunning film.
“ When blades are swung at innocent children, you feel intense fear for their safety.
“ The appearance of the ninja was a pleasant surprise and VERY exciting.
“ Ken Watanabe shines as Katsumoto in The Last Samurai, a wannabe epic that falls short of those expectations, but is still entertaining.
“First of all, The Last Samurai is formulaic, which means all of the other elements involved in making a film must be tight and perfected.
“"Last Samurai" is a beautifully shot, hyper-pretentious movie.
“ Overlong, overdone in parts, and predictable.
“ Visually, this film is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen, for the breathtaking backgrounds, the vibrant colors, the attention to minute details such as the cut of clothing, and the ugly beauty of the battles.
“The Cinematography in the movie is simply breathtaking.
“ The movie in general is extremely slow.
“ Much to my surprise, the film was engaging immediately, and everything subsequent in the story / film was powerful, intelligent, and brilliantly done.
“ a good idea for a movie but why must they make everything so "entertaining"?
“ The camera work presenting scenery is absolutely stunning it truly sells the landscape of Japan( amazingly enough it was filmed in New Zealand).
“ The ending is as predictable as it is cheesy.
“ Highly entertaining and action packed.
“ And the photography was spot-on - although the 'direction' was a little stale at times, even plodding.
“ The Last Samurai is a visually magnificent movie with fluid battle choreography, stunning landscapes and a detailed recreation of 19th century Japanese architecture and locations.
“ The Last Samurai is a nicely crafted motion picture with some truly stunning scenes, the assassin attempt come to mind as a stand out-moment.
“ The emotions were extremely intense because you are seriously going through everything with Katsimoto and Nathan (2 amazing actors, by the way).
“ "THE LAST SAMURAI" is SO BORING!
“ Basically the film hits all the bulls eyes; good plot, powerful characters, fine acting from the leads, great supporting acts from the Tim Small , Billy Connolly and Koyuki (whose ability to conduct feeling through facial expression alone is stunning), great cinematography, stunning battle choreography and a wonderful musical score by Zimmerman.
“ There are scads of exciting, well-crafted battle scenes; be prepared to see many humans sliced, diced, and otherwise punctured.
“ Very entertaining, never boring.
“ Yet , it goes very slow in that part too.
“The cinematography is superb-the country scenes are breathtaking.
“ This movie is very exciting, well written and superbly acted.
“ Grand & Entertaining a mixture of history and fiction .
“ Enjoyable if you send your brain on vacation.
“This is not a perfect movie, but it was thoroughly enjoyable.
“ If anything, this movie gives great insight on the mysterious and intriguing life of the samurai.
“The storyline here is not all that clever and is in most respects, quite predictable.
“ And like SEABISCUIT, it might be a familar road, yet it is a very enjoyable ride.
“ The action, sets, scenery and story - even the dialogue - were riveting.
“ The dialogue was cliché, especially the closing arguments.
“It is an entertaining, if shallow, attempt to include an Historical paradigm change that is difficult to say the least.
“It does offer is simplistic and engaging ENTERTAINMENT ....
“ While I love Toshiro Mifune (hard to dislike, really), I hated Chamberlain and thought "Shogun" one of the more boring episodes in American TV history.
“But the movie is not just only beauty, it also is quite action packed and features some nicely filmed battle sequences and a spectacular finale.
“ I alternated between gritting our teeth during the movie, laughing at parts there were supposed to be dramatic, and otherwise being bored and disappointed to tears.
“The Meiji Restoration is a fascinating period of Japanese history.
“ The characters all had a unique sense to them which made the movie even more intriguing.
“ It is an amazing journey, one skillfully brought to life by breathtaking direction.
“ An Emotional & Engaging Epic-Drama, 'The Last Samurai' is a crispy flick, that is worth your time.
“The action is intense, fast-paced, and will leave you almost stunned and speechless the first time you see it.
“ Despite other people's opinion I found this movie to be quite entertaining.
“The action scenes and battle sequences are as compelling as the story.
“ It's a very pretty decorated, but empty package.
“ The Last Samurai is exquisitely shot, with stunning locations, wonderful cinematography and well designed costumes.
“ Not only will millions of people go to see his movies, but his is a personality that exudes drive and charisma, while we either sense or actually know that there's something a bit empty and needy at the core of the man, and it's not just a question of missing Nicole.
“ Good movie, but predictable, derivative .
“ Left the theater before the movie was over.
“ Entertaining if Overblown .
“ An Incredibly Beautiful And Entertaining Film .
“ His name is Nathan Algren, and he is a Civil War hero who is paid to read lines on stage in the year 1876, fascinating onlookers with his knowledge and tales of the war -- when he's not drunk, that is.
“Personally I found the film to be enjoyable and interesting and hopefully educational to the layman.
“ Enjoyable and thoughtful .
“Like any good boy's own adventure, the brush is broad, the canvas wide and the cliche employed unapologetically, usually with a sweeping background score.
“ impressive and quite entertaining.
“ I found the whole movie fascinating and filled with feeling.
“The setting, props and entire mise-en-scene was very convincing and had a real look of authenticity to it which made the tale ever more believable as it progressed and due to the fact it was based on real events, was reconstructed rather accurately and is great style exploiting the Samurai way of life to the audience in a fascinating way.
“ The score was breathtaking.
“ I liked this movie a lot, and it's definately worth seeing, but when you think about it, it's predictable.
“ Zwick, who is arguably the least respected director in Hollywood today, once again proves he can handle intense battle sequences and quiet character moments as well.
“ engaging, poignant, and elegant.
“ The Writing Material is superior, the Direction is spell-binding, the Cinematography is stunning & the Performances are top-notch.
“ The fights are entertaining.
“ There are some stunning scenes and some nice introspective aspects to this Movie but it may have been just a bit too far reaching and self-conscious to be anything more than a somewhat exciting clash of cultures.
“ But for the most part, the cliché plot elements are tastefully handled.
“Still worth watching for performances from Ken Watanabe, Timothy Spall (who should be cast in more movies) and Japan itself, which turns in a splendid performance of perfect sunsets and verdant mountains.
“ I'm NOT a fan of his work, but this time, his portrayal was quite compelling.
“ The two movies were very exciting, thrilling, and entertaining.
“ As the film dragged on, I kept thinking what a much more satisfying movie this might have been if it was Zebulon who was captured and whose story we followed.
“ It started off very well but then many scenes dragged.
“ `The Last Samurai' is formulaic epic.
“ An intense storyline infused with action, emotion, and even a tad bit of humor.
“ The scene's at Katsumoto's village are the best of the picture, amply supported by the organic feel and stunning camera-work of its surroundings.
“ Thirdly, the sparse action scenes are shot with an overload of pomp and drama, similar to Mel Gibson - Braveheart / Peter Jackson - Lord of the Rings style, with long drawn out views of heroes dying heroically, or should I say refusing to die for minutes on end?
“ It is far more exciting than "Master And Commander" with well-choreographed fights and stunning battle sequences, while the visceral violence is even more gripping than in "The Return Of The King".
“ and yet it's vapid, pointless fare.
“ While history makes the results predictable (six decades later, a thoroughly modern Japan would attack Pearl Harbor), it's our involvement with the characters and their situations that energizes the experience of sitting through this movie.
“The result of all this inbreeding is the most predictable movie of the year.
“ Throughout the film's 148 minutes, Zwick adopts a slow, meaningful pace and combines his minimalist dialogue with Hans Zimmer's truly majestic score to forge the sense of epic.
“ The aggressive American imperialist approach is well depicted and, despite the fact that the movie takes places a 150 years ago, the resemblence to a modern day leaders of some Western or so called "civilized" nations is stunning and offers an interesting spin on modern political affairs that we are all too aware of.
“ The movie is worth watching based on Watanabe's performance alone.
“ It is entertaining and well made, and it is easy to sympathize with the ideals of the Samurais.
“ Excellent direction, strong acting performances, visual splendour, engrossing action, emotional depth and a truly beautiful soundtrack combine to deliver a deeply enjoyable and memorable movie experience.
“ The rest is cheap, predictable and melodramatic (in a bad sense).
“ While there is a gory climatic battle scene, most of the film is preparing for war, planning for war, practicing for war and finally engaging in war between two elements of Japan's culture.
“The cinematography in The Last Samurai is breathtaking, shot primarily in the landscapes of New Plymouth in New Zealand, capturing the essence of the Samurai way of life.
“)I may sound as if I took this film as a joke, and I wouldn't want to leave that impression.
“ By entertaining I mean, that every movie is made the same way all other big Hollywood films.
“ Definitely worth watching, you won't regret it!
“ The Last Samurai was a trip to cliché city and back again.
“ For all, this is definitely a masterpiece that is worth watching over and over again.
“ Bad acting, horrid scripting, a dog-tired plot and a dramatic cliché waiting to jump you like a ninja, every 5 minutes.
“ There are one too many lulls for my liking - dull patches that don't add much to the story or film as a whole.
“ It makes gestures at poignancy and intensity, but they fall curiously flat, and for much of the time it's simply too slow.
“ Algren's development from a drunken waste to a samurai himself is utterly compelling, and comes through at its best when the samurai village is attacked by ninja's, and Algren instantly decides to side with his captor's leader, Katsumoto.
“breathtaking cinematography, on-the-money sets and costumes, solid performances and a great score...
“ In Japan, Cruise teaches the natives how to fight; but, the Japanese are slow learners.
“ Ken Watanabe was absolutely fascinating as Katsumoto, and he really deserves plenty of recognition, and deserving an Oscar nomination.
“ Imagine someone giving you a neatly wrapped, elegant package: you open it and it's empty.
“the movie is also visually stunning.
“ This was a terrific story, using history and making it into something both visually stunning and ethics-oriented.
“ The action sequences are captivating, the dialogue engrossing, the story emotive and the love story whilst understated is so well executed that the movie could be billed as part of the Romance genre.
“ Needless to say one single frame from any Mizoguchi film (sixty, seventy years old as it may be) is ten times worth than this banal reproduction, poor ensemble of local color and cliché.
“ go by pretty fast and entertaining.
“ The cinematography by John Toll is breathtaking.
“ Warning:spoilers- Ok, so the fact that Tom Cruise's character was the only samurai left after that slaughter was predictable, the movie's name is The LAST Samurai.
“ Now, it does have a substantial amount of blood, and the violence is heavy, but if you can handle it, it's a very enjoyable watch.
“ So, the courageous Samurai way of life was a perfect match of spirituality and discipline while the life style of the government was cowardly and empty.
“ He looks rather despondent, as if only something akin to that of a house-fire could get him to shift out of his chair; around him, crumpled up American flags of the era lie strewn around encapsulating how it is he feels about both the nation he is presently in and the sorts of things more broadly linked to that of the warfare in which they are engaging.
“ Director Edward Zwick's unfairly maligned Japanese epic, The Last Samurai, is one of heart, sweeping beauty, rousing emotion, and a passionate romanticism of the Samurai.
“The visuals are stunning, beautifully lit, visualised and filmed and the respect for the Japanese and their culture just pours onto the screen from the locations, sets and the smallest of details.
“ Technically great but goes through too many lulls .
“ I spent 3 wonderful years in Japan and they are an intriguing people rich in tradition and history.
“ Ken Watanabe's performance was enough to make this film worth watching - he was focused and amazing.
“ Besides, the scenery and cinematography is just breathtaking.
“ It was an excellent waste of time.
“ Very bad, very slow, and filled with unreal storyline and action scenes.
“ I would have to say that this movie does not compare to any of those previously mentioned, but nonetheless it is an incredibly entertaining action epic, with outstanding costumes, great acting, some fine sword play, and some well-choreographed battle sequences.
“Cinematography: Excellent Shot Scenes that make this rather slow starting film non-boring.
“ I enjoyed it during its theatrical run, enjoyed it more the second time around, and now, I can only say that I love it.
“ While not everyone will have my experience, they at least would find it entertaining and moving.
“ I love Samurai films, so I enjoyed it very much.
“ Though it is quite long (2 and a half hours) it did keep me quiet (which is difficult).
“), this one is an enjoyable film.
“ a gripping adventure .
“) LAST SAMURAI proves to be one of the more enjoyable and entertaining films of 2003.
“ It's one of those rare two and half hours movies (with the exception of The Departed, The Dark Knight, and Blood Diamond which were about just as long but kept me entertained throughout it's running time) that I can watch easily without getting bored because the film pulls you in with a compelling story and interesting characters.
“ But that doesn't mean that I think it's bad, it's definitely worth watching.
“ It's such a cliché.
“ ****Some Spoilers Follow**** Here we have the familiar "Dances with Wolves" cliche of the American so disgusted with the evils of his own country and past that he seeks enlightenment in a grossly misunderstood and embattled culture.
“ fantastic and authentic; cinematography - gorgeous - sure you could see some of the paint-ins but the vistas during the final battle were tremendous; the fight scenes - visceral, gristly, gory and realistic - especially the helmeted samurai appearing from the mists to take on the unprepared Japanese army - limbs flying all around; the characterisation (usually missing or at least superficial for most Cruisers) was great - especially Katsumoto and the relationship between Algren and Taka (god, she is gorgeous) and finally sound - I find most people overlook this as cinema is such an intense ocular experience - great surround and effect - the unsheathing of swords, their echo of intertwine - the subtle soundtrack - obviously western with so many Japanese overtones.
“ It is a very beautiful film (scenery, choreography, story), the japanese cast is excellent and the insight into this unknown (to most westerners) civilization is fascinating.
“ The Last Samurai is an entertaining action adventure drama that was much better than expected.
“ Long, but faultlessly performed and richly detailed with compelling battle scenes and vivid, breathtaking scenery.
“ Typically, you will have a point where the movie is believable and fascinating, then suddenly, one of those Hollywood touches crushes the atmosphere.
“ I think this evocative Japanese-ness might have (by accident even) rubbed off on the film.
“ The final battle is incredible it puts you right in there with the characters and puts you on the edge of your seat.
“ The Last Samurai is a great film, its thoughtful, engaging, dramatic, adventurous and contains powerhouse performances by both Tom Cruise and Ken Watanebe.
“ It does have some scenes which are decent, but comparing this again to other color samurai movies, especially Ran, the images are weak and empty.
“ It's well worth watching once, I'm not sure I'd want to see it again, it didn't 'move' me in ways other films have.
“ Otherwise, this is a pretty great action flick and I enjoyed it immensely.
“ The ending is confusing.
“ It was more intense, of course, being on the big screen, and the amount of it- meaning, longer scenes.
“ If you are looking for a war movie, it will be good, but a little on the slow side.
“ While for the most part the Japanese cast, lead by John Watanabe, is first rate, Tom Cruise's character is wooden and predictable leading a cynic to conclude that Tom's range of acting may be constrained by his well known mannerisms and countenance.
“ The portrayal of the way of the samurai is fascinating and the idea of rifles against sword seems utterly insane.
“ This movie is boring beyond belief, it stops every five minutes or so for someone to look around them or sit thinking sometimes for so long that it practically qualifies as a silent movie.
“ After a the long slow process of trying to find out information about his enemy, Algren (Cruise) simultaneously begins training in the way of the samurai and comes to love their way of life and develops a friendship with Katsumoto.
“ The cast and audience share this confusion.
“Beautiful cinematography, predictable plot, rehash of Dances with Wolves (which is, itself, in many ways a rehash of Little Big Man) with a dash of Last of the Mohicans (in terms of themes -- IE: "our way of life is ending"), etc. Just scroll down a bit and you'll see what I'm talking about.
“ Both men are at war with external forces, at war with each other and most intriguing of all, at war with themselves.
“ I found the story and all and details surrounding the way of life of Japan's past to be interesting, and the action sequences (what there was of them) were stunning.
“ Generally enjoyable Hollywood action period piece .
“ Mr. Cruise provides a gripping portrayal of Capt. Nathan Algren, a tortured Civil War Veteran who has to regain his honor by some means if he can.
“ Hans Zimmer's score, incorporating traditional wood flutes and thunderous drums, is at times touching and evocative, at times bombastic and unnecessarily loud.
“Nevertheless, this was overall an entertaining and well-shot quasi-historical drama / action film, with plenty of enjoyment for all movie-goers.
“ Even before the "climactic" battle, each drawn-out samurai death was met with cries on my part of "Just f*cking DIE already, you parasite!
“ However contrived and unconvincing the movie finds itself in the end, set against the shameless and incongruous depiction of fictitious Japan, I was captivated by the film's various individual parts each of which are superbly conceived and acted.
“ Hans Zimmer's score, incorporating traditional wood flutes and thunderous drums, is at times touching and evocative, at times bombastic and unnecessarily loud.
“ Another "Hollywood Hates America" propaganda film.
“Having said that, it is an enjoyable and entertaining film to watch, beautifully filmed, the costumes were excellent, good screenplay and the central theme of someone searching for their identity, searching for their own 'meaning of life' and finding it in a set of moral values, discipline and ethical code ala 'Dancing with Wolves' was well portrayed.
“ It is action packed and the music is great.
“ Second, the story was predictable right down to who was going to live and what Algren was going to wear to battle.
“ The Last Samurai does like most movies, in that it relies on movie cliche's to drive the story and in turn loses the ideas and meaning that it desperately tries to convey.
“ The film looks good, is gripping throughout, well paced, and moving.
“ Personally, I would rather see a single duplicated entry sequences of soldiers arriving through mist than the far over-used cliché shot used in most Hollywood productions where the camera pulls out from a close-up of the main character to reveal the danger - the "dun-dun-duuuuun" moment that we see so often in modern films.
“ There are a lot of exciting action scenes, especially the ninja attack at night.
“ This pompous, one-dimensioned, uninteresting, long and phony picture tries really hard to portrait `the real Japan'.
“ The battle scenes I found were more enjoyable and less abritrary the LOTR and the development of the plot appropriately paced.
“What I found intriguing about this story is the respect and discipline the Samurai people lived by.
“ The directing by Edward Zwick is enjoyable.
“ It's extremely well made and written, and It also has so many incredibly exciting battle sequences as well,plus I also loved the setting too.
“Having said that the film is entertaining, with Cruise in his most interesting role since Minority Report.
“ There was no nudity or sex, but the tension and desire they immitted was intense.
“ Astounding, Breathtaking, and Authentic portrayal of tragic times .
“ This film has beautiful pictures of landscapes, people and so on, but it suffers from a huge lack of story.
“ I used to wonder if the Oscar's were fixed but of coarse I never had any proof ..Only recently (a few weeks ago) I seen the movie The Last Samurai for the first time, but since then I have viewed it 10 more times and have enjoyed it each time.
“ I also find the "Samurai-traditions-good-western-culture-bad" somewhat confusing considering that the western culture does have bonuses like giving people decent human rights for once!
“Throughout the film, it takes at least three bullets to slow down any given samurai, and another three to actually kill him.
“ This is a powerful, moving, engaging movie.
“ You couldclearly see where they used fake armies to give the impression ofnumbers and likewise the CGI used was really jerky and repetitive.
“ What a compelling film.
“ Breathtaking stuff.
“ This was pretty much a 105 minute movie drawn out for 150 minutes for no good reason.
“ As the movie is so well made you leave the theater wondering if it was a true story or not.
“ It DOES have slow spots.
“ Is OK but is too dull & long for an action movie and too confused for the worthy, thoughtful mantel it tries to take on (spoilers) .
“and on the battle-scenes, even Wong Kar'Wai's ASHES OF TIME (1994), made on a shoe-string budget compared to THE LAST SAMURAI, presented a more compelling and heroic depiction of the warrior's fight.
“ Tom Cruise generally stars in pretty entertaining & quality movies, from what I have seen.
“ All the characters are fantastic, and the story is extremely engrossing and quite gripping, plus Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe are simply incredible in this!.
“ One of the worst movie I have ever seen .
“ Yes the story is rather cliché and it gets cliché at times but again it's entertainment and it's a film trying to go back to the old day epics.
“ Appallingly trite .
“ But is definitely more or just as entertaining to see as DWW.
“ The first halfwas woefully boring (most of the film was given away in the trailersanyway),, the second half was much better, apart from the endingwhich takes Hollywood syrupy schmaltz to another level.
“ The power and emotion of the film are riveting, and the scenery is incredibly beautiful.
“ The direction of Edward Zwick (Glory) is an appropriately slower pace, and it correctly accentuates the artistic approach to the film and the focus on the dramatic elements.
“ The ending of the film is about as perfect an example of what a cop out it was and is dreary rather than exciting.
“ You will want to stand up and cheer just like the dozens of people I saw voicing their thanks for this rousing story.
“ Having just left the theater, I feel a bit disappointed.
“ I must admit that in watching The Last Samurai, I was totally amazed with the movies' stunning visualizations portrayed by the director.
“ If you're looking for a good entertaining movie to watch than you can't go wrong with the Last Samurai.
“ I highly highly recommend it.
“ Tom cruise Give a a convincing and compelling performance as does the other cast members.
“ The Last Samurai largely and greatly benefits from its emotionally powerful, exceptional, completely unexpected and knockout ending and the best ending I've ever seen in movies in memory, stunning visuals, thrilling battle scenes and high production values.
“ The battle scenes were exciting, and the time off the battlefield was equally moving.
“ I really enjoyed it and thought it was a great cinematic experience.
“Zwick: Good direction of a bland story.
“ Well choreographed, drawn out and messy, they are the heart of the film, and the measure of its appeal or lack thereof.
“ Overall this movie entertaining and at least worth the price for the sword play and beautiful cinematography.
“ This is a great war movie, the action is fierce, unforgiving and intense.
“ If you have never seen this movie, you are not only missing out on some of the best cinematography that the film industry has to offer, but also an intriguing plot and elegant characters.
“ There is the story of culture clash - explored in Shogun, and still fascinating here.
“ *mild spoilers*: ok for fast food junkies, unbearable for the gourmet .
“ Thoroughly Enjoyable--Tom Cruise's Best .
“ Ken Watanabe is wonderful and the stunning Koyuki (as Taka) leaves the audience breathless in numerous scenes.
“ Most of this film is predictable.
“ But it is Ken Watanabe who steals the show, his performance is absolutely fantastic and stunning as the leader of the Samurai, he pulls no stops to prove himself and take his game to the next level, he is utterly fantastic.
“ The photography is stunning, the New Zealand countryside as 19th century Japan is breathtaking, and the story and acting are both captivating and real.
“ But that doesn't mean that I think it's bad, it's definitely worth watching.
“ if you want an entertaining and less completely homogenized view on feudal japan check out something like Blade of the Immortal, a japanese samurai manga (comic) by Hiroaki Samura.
“ If the movie is good, if it is entertaining, who says it has to be the most original movie ever made?
“During the movie Cruise looses his big name status and becomes an interesting and deeply engaging actor here, only bettered by the intensity of the amazing Ken Watanabe.
“ Tom Cruise gives viewers a glimpse into the fascinating past, of Feudal Japan.
“ It is hard to use enough superlatives to describe this film: epic, mesmerizing, breathtaking, etc. This is how movies are supposed to be.
“" This movie was way too long, drawn out, and just plain boring.
“ A very successful, very highly-paid actor, but critically rather bland.
“No depth, no beauty, an empty annoying box of Pandora.
“ I found it engaging on a lot of levels for me personally.
“Personally, I consider the whole movie, especially the intense last run towards the gun machines, not only as a celebration of Samurai sense of honour.
“ I found the last battle to be quite a stunning visual display.
“ Most of the time boring, Tom's performance is quite stupid, typical American-superhero: rubbish.
“ The script was predictable and about what you would expect out of Hollywood.
“ The plot worked quite well without it, and was much more enjoyable for me that the romance was kept clean.
“ THE LAST SAMURAI is a great movie, a breathtaking epic that equals Jackson's masterpiece in places, and certainly the frequent action scenes are shot in a much more violent, realistic and easier to follow way than in that fellow classic.
“ When I saw the Last Samurai I was a little disappointed but I still enjoyed it.
“all in an intense package of great scenery.
“ It is the same old stupid Hollywood cliche, folks!
“ and of course, Zimmer combining Eastern and Western instrumentation to create a very intriguing, and in many instances, very original score.
“ Although it was somewhat Dances With Wolves at parts, I felt this to be original, visually stunning, and heartbreaking at the same time.
“ It might sound a trivial thing, but it made the movie that little bit more believable and enjoyable.
“ Some might call it boring, I call it profound.
“The Ninja battle is probably the most fast-paced and intense fight of the movie.
“ The cinematography is stunning throughout The Last Samurai, and Tom Cruise and Ken Watanabe are excellent, but after the extremely well-executed set-up involving the two men, the film becomes completely predictable.
“ The fights are gory, with decapitations, impalements and the like, and there are some real adrenaline-pumping scenes: a wounded Cruise fighting off half a dozen samurai; the amazing ninja attack; and most of all the final battle, which is one of the best that I've seen on the screen.
“ His performance here is focused,intense, and complete.
“ On one hand its breathtaking to watch and on the other its kinda of silly.
“ There are many shots that are simply stunning in their beauty, and even if some of them were computer generated, I didn't care.
“ But that is just what it is, it's a samurai fantasy movie and it's very entertaining to sit through.
“ First it is too long, suffering as many of the Hollywood films lately of the tendency to add the unjustified half hour to our film experience.
“ Another pleasant surprise to me was Koyuki, the young Japanese actress who brings her breathtaking beauty and charisma into the film, like a breathe of fresh air in a movie elsewhere dominated by stern and grim-looking men.
“ The two together makes for an unwatchable, if expensive, piece of tripe that repeats itself ad nauseam because the screenwriter, probably inspired by the director, neglected to have a story that could extend past 20 minutes without endless boring repetitions.
“ As a whole, it was striving to be profound but seemed really contrived.
“)From here on, the story is predictable.
“ Despite the movie's slowness the end is really incredible.
“speaking of repetitive, how about those endless, boring, slow-motion scenes.
“ I'd have liked the makers to go deeper into this with more detail, particularly on the fighting techniques and philosophies, but it was intriguing nonetheless.
“ While this film will never rise to great heights, it is a very good picture, with a compelling story that can grip you.
“Considering that, It made me rethink my original score and I enjoyed it way more after I understood the message.
“ From the moment Algren is captured by Katsumoto, it's possible to guess with some accuracy every single cliche that's going to be sprung onto us.
“ Surprisingly Entertaining .
“ What a waste of money.
“Zwick also does a good job delivering an enthralling, if predictable, storyline.
“I have always found the history of Japanese culture to be extremely fascinating.
“ "I'll tell you how he lived" has got to be one of the most pretentious lines I have ever heard delivered in a film, especially considering he utters the afore mentioned travesty to a woman who knows very well, far better than tom, how the watanabe's character lived his life.
“ Bland films fail to really embrace life in their time, and so are doomed to walk eternity not seeming alive for any other time.
“ Stunning war action and a hard act to follow .
“Also, this film is stunning visually.
“ I find no grand moral statement here, but rather an intense, sympathetic, human drama with a strong sense of honor and sacrifice.
“ The story is so compelling and the cinematography so stunning that you will forget you are seeing Tom Cruise - he becomes the film in a way that only a great actor can.
“ Tom Cruise is wonderful and I'm not particularly a fan and Watanabe is great as his Samurai counterpart and the action sequences are rousingly filmed, but the filmmakers failed to remain true to the spirit of their story and so fall into ham-handed cliches, melodrama, and empty sentimentality.
“ Excellent, compelling- ~very~ enjoyable.
“ I highly recommend it for anyone who can look past the violence of the battle scenes (although they are, in my opinion, done with the right level of blood to give you a sense of combat) and who want a film that gives us a story about a beautiful culture and incredible people.
“ It basically just drones on and on, devoid of any genuine energy, and by the time it finally wraps up (with a less-than satisfying conclusion), I too felt like yelling for sake (as Cruise's character had done earlier).
“ The story has unfortunately a stale Hollywood whiff which pervades the whole film and makes it formulaic from the first to the last image.
“ Enjoyable, and chances are good I will see it again.
“ The New Zealand scenery, filling in for Japan, looks stunning without detracting from the story we are watching.
“ The story was powerful, the acting was majestic, and the battles were intense.
“ An emotional and action packed movie to the final minute.
“ The masterful components of `The Last Samurai' was its breathtaking cinematography, ingratiating sound editing, and cultural costume design.
“ I am a true movie buff that has seen the majority of the films worth watching and I can find the good in most of them.
“ Also the cinematography was great, all the shots of "japan" (actually New Zealand) were breathtaking.
“ Anyway, I am always disappointed when a movie doesn't reach its potential, and "The Last Samurai" left me feeling empty, not fulfilled.
“ Absolutely stunning movie.
“ How disappointing that "The Last Samurai" becomes dreadful in its last half, because the first half is quite engaging.
“ Fascinating movie .
“ I was a little disappointed but I still enjoyed it .
“ Instead of all this beauty the villains aim to establish a dull soulless world where money rules, where everything is bought and sold.
“ It is deeply engrossing to say the least.
“ I was on the edge of my seat.
“ Oh, the many boring parts.
“ Fascinating and utterly gripping!
“ I was on the edge of my seat the whole time.
“ and so onI left the theater, to never return.
“ Usually, Tom's "deer-caught-in-the-headlights" stare can be hidden behind intense action or a particularly good performance by other actors.
“ It is the movie it is supposed to be; a highly competent and evocative one.
“ Evocative score by Hans Zimmer.
“ The story is generally engrossing and it's great to envision how the Samurai may have really lived in Japan hundreds of years ago.
“ gripping and visually stunning .
“ Both the long shots, indoor shots and close ups are rich, warm and evocative.
“ But at the end the story as well as Tom's character dragged.
“ Cavalry charges Gatling guns and howitzers with the predictable results.
“ job here with amazing camera work, fantastic angles, using a beautiful setting, and lots of other cool shots as well, plus he kept the film at an extremely engrossing pace.
“But Zwick and co. still manage to weave an engaging story with panache, and a climactic (despite it's predictability) ending, and that is why "The Last Samurai" is such a great film.
“The authenticity of the life and culture of the Samurai is breathtaking.
“ I walked out of the film feeling a little cheated by the experience.
“ Having the ability to convey such a compelling story between two cultures, showing that no matter how different our views are, or what our beliefs are, we can find a common ground and unity with one another through compassion for another human being.
“It's rich, it's full, it's got so much going on and all of it is good: a fascinating love story, war story, friendship story, clash of culture story, fleshed out characters, stunning visuals, exciting action sequences, the sets, the costumes, the music....
“The Last Sumurai is a boy's own adventure, and a colourful and engaging one at that.
“Ken Watanabe as the leader of the Samurai colony shows intense power and charisma in this crucial role.
“ Secondly, the plot follows a very predictable Hollywood path, never surprising, increasingly boring.
“ Ok so it can be entertaining.
“Director Ed Zwick, of course, is no David Lean -- though "Glory" and "Courage Under Fire" are excellent films ("Legends of the Fall" is decent, while I consider "Leaving Normal" one of the most mundane films ever made).
“ It is just one of the many American superhero movies, with a plot as predictable as a sesame-street-episode.
“ After watching this enjoyable movie without noticing its 144 minutes' length, I can't help invoking another enjoyable movie, `Brave Heart'.
“ I loved this movie and i felt sad it ended, which means a lot, considering the fact that i get bored really quick.
“ Superficially entertaining, very derivative .
“ However, am I the only film spectator who is bored and annoyed with the obligatory battle scenes that are central to films of this genre?
“ The Samurai battles are excellent and riveting, and Billy Connolly is a saving grace as a sadly short-lived Irish soldier character at the beginning of the film with some excellent lines.
“ The director and screenwriter John Logan seized an intriguing idea and succeeded in converting it to film in an entertaining movie product.
“ Connolly was entertaining for the short screen time that he occupied.
“ It's presentation of the Japanese culture as represented by both the government forces and the Samurai warriors is informative, entertaining and never less than three dimensional.
“ If we hadn't paid good money already, I'm sure we wouldn've walked out.
“Wow,their conversations are riveting.
“ Still well worth watching though.
“ Tom Cruise is good in this movie, though, however, I hated the Cliché at the end of the movie and every time I watch this movie I REFUSE to watch the end, all because of this cliché.
“ *SPOILER ALERT* *SPOILER ALERT*Very predictable and very, VERY Hollywood.
“ "The Last Samurai" remains faithful to the myths of Japanese swordsmen by building on the mystifying qualities that made them so fascinating in the first place and also by carefully shying away from stereotypes.
“ Breathtaking battles and spellbound scenarios in this epic Samurai .
“ I was filled with mixed emotions as I walked out of the theater into the rainy reality.
“This film has been dogged as completely useless with too many slow spots.
“ Tom Cruise does an outstanding acting job, the the story is fast paced and very well done.
“ Although it runs a little long, it's not unbearable to sit through, and it's easy to take an interest in the main characters despite the formulaic script.
“But despite its naivete, The Last Samurai is worth watching.
“ Wesee the dozens of stunning one-on-one fights in brilliant montageswith no overload or confusion.
“ A long, boring let down .
“ The plot is entertaining and entangling, even though some people might be disappointed by the lack of action scenes in the middle part of the film.
“ This, naturally, leads to three predictable outcomes.
“Western boy effuses emotion in a drawn-out, overacted 40 minute concluding sequence where people can take 40 bullets and still die slowly and in a touching way...
“ But there are some pacing problems and an unnecessarily long drawn-out ending.
“ It felt like I'd seen it before and besides being tedious and cliched it was also predictable and too long.
“ His character is quietly humorous, intelligent, sophisticated and definitely has an intense depth as well.
“ It is the most absorbing movie I've seen in years .
“ It is the tension and slow acceptance of eachother that makes this affair all the more delicious.
“ An Exercise in Banality .
“ the most realistic and exciting move ever created!
“First, it was so long; but as much as it is long, it was fascinating.
“ the costumes and set-decorations were fabulous, the battle sequences were well choreographed and intense, the story was gripping, and above all the score by Hans Zimer uplifted the film to a scale of grandeur.
“ On the good side, this movie is extremely good as a DVD, the photography is stunning, and the audio uses the full range of Dolby Digital sound effects.
“"The Last Samurai" is a beautiful and rousing epic that will certainly live on as a fantastic samurai film; it almost rivals any Kurosawa action-set piece (just kidding).
“ A Fat Epic of Paramount Boredom .
“ Speaking of, it was a good story with the typical predictable ending, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
“ The acting is first-class and the story is riveting
what else can anyone ask for in a movie?
“ (yawn)Beer cans and plastic bottles should be recycled as much as this plot!
“ There's nothing wrong with romanticising the Samurai, of course, they are a fascinating people after all, and at the end of the day The Last Samurai is a motion picture, and motion pictures are fairy tales make believe.
“ I'm not saying the movie was excellent because I've given it a 7/10, but for those who said it was awful, I really hope you're a good looking person because if you depict partners like you depict movies, you're in for a long, boring life
“ Do not listen to the nonsense about being an awful movie, this movie is definitely worth watching, especially if you enjoy war and heroic movies.
“ The costumes, music, acting, etc. are simply awesome and breathtaking.
“If you like beautiful visuals, if you like excellent acting, if you like breathtaking action, and if you like historical fact instead of the usual Hollywood embellishment, then this film is definitely for you.
“ The Last Samurai fills you with every emotion a film could possibly produce, action, humour, love, etc. I cant count how many times i nearly cried, this film is so emotional, i was on the edge of my seat throughout.
“ The cinematography is simply breath-taking,and coupled with the beautiful Japanese rural setting and the adrenaline-fuelled battle sequences, this makes for a very high quality film.
“ i found the last samurai engaging, poignant, and elegant.
“ it's ingeniously rousing last stand with the enemies' meat grinding weaponries is one of the best rendered war action choreography I have the fortune of experiencing this millennium.
“This movie is very slow at parts, which is one of the bad things about it.
“ It is confusing to many and takes the viewer out of the action.
“ The Last Samurai was a compelling and highly interesting and entertaining film about a final group of Samurai in Japan that the Emperor wishes to rid their 'reign of terror' lifestyle among the people of the country.
“ Another problem is one that I can only blame on the director-a cliché from one of his best films, `Glory.
“The first 20 minutes or so of this film are slick and fast-paced, but the momentum does slow down where Algren is staying with the Samurai.
“ I don't understand all the praise that has been heaped upon this dull, formulaic action film.
“ Enjoyable, if you can see past the inaccuracies.
“' It is what you, dear reader, might view instead of this obsession with the mundane.
“ Now rather than reveal any more I will just say that this was a very entertaining action film which managed to capture the turmoil and anguish brought on by the Meiji Restoration in a superb manner.
“ "Over the top", "cliche" and "predictable" have never described a movie better .
“ The music score and soundtracks are simply astounding
streaming in and out of scenes to create a riveting experience for the audience.
“ Very Hollywood, very Tom Cruise, very well crafted, very enjoyable.....
“ I loved the movie, it was unbelievable, "SO INTENSE!!!
“ It is a meaningful, entertaining film.
“ This movie is enjoyable enough if you like costume dramas (in this case a re-creation of 19th-century Japan).
“However, I love this film, really enjoyed it and have repeatedly viewed it.
“THE LAST SAMURAI at it's best boasts some of the most breathtaking close up battle scenes I've seen in a long time.
“ The story is interesting and exciting, it can keep up your attention for the whole time.
“ There are many breathtaking action sequences (none of which are stylized in any fashion) and you will not find any trace of the "modern" action movie in this film.
“Snore, snore and snore.
“ When Katsumoto captures Algren alive in an unexpected skirmish, he does not kill him.
“As per other comments, this was a great movie and worth the watch.
“ Even I had that complaint at small parts here and there, but that's how a battle is: hectic, random, and unpredictable.
“ That was fascinating.
“" BOTTOM LINE: Although "The Last Samurai" could be subtitled "Dances with the Last Dogmen of Arabia," it's still quite enjoyable.
“ However, this is not the case and the film has the potential of becoming a masterpiece until the halfway of the movie, with an interesting plot and intense feeling.
“ I will say one last thing: Pretentious with a capital "P"!!!
“ He embodied the soul of the Samurai in every gesture and that was breathtaking to see.
“ It is a reflection on a dull, ho hum character badly written.
“ The battle scenes are convincing and exciting; one battle scene involving a surprise attack on the samurai had my heart going.
“ Kudos to Director Zwick - the battle between the Samurais and the Imperial Army is extraordinarily STUNNING!
“Now the bits that jump out at me: costume - absolutely stunning - I recently went to the exhibition at the New South Wales Art Gallery where many Samurai relics were displayed including a full suit of 17th century Samurai armour...
“ It is fascinating to review the careers of directors, actors, actresses and to find out about movies that you haven't seen that look interesting.
“ All in all, a very enjoyable film.
“ Some parts suffered greatly due to this rendering the movie at points uninteresting or boring even puzzling without passing the required message.
“ Amusing and enjoyable in parts, "The Last Samurai" is ultimately pretentious, indeed silly.
“ Tom Cruise lays it thick as the self-loathing Captain Algren, especially in a misjudged parody of a firing lesson scene from Glory, but then the screen is lit up by Ken Watanabe, and much is forgiven, wrapped as he and everything else is in lush cinematography and a rousing score.
“ Though slow paced at first it demonstrates the importance of honour, not judging people on first impressions...
“Costume design and cinematography were both equally stunning and despite being a Hollywood film, a lot of respect was given to the ideals of the Samurai, which is reassuring.
“ A breathtaking movie if you get over the fluff.
“ It presented the idea of inner-peace, yet also one of confusion, which seems to be a paradox that many people face.
“ The plot is one that isn't truly believable, not saying that all plots are, but for some reason much of what happened to me was predictable and cliched.
“ Overall I'd certainly recommend this to fans of the stars or those wanting a gripping war film with some great action scenes and a fine plot.
“ It seems as if all the other films he has appeared in have prepared him for this character and it's fascinating to watch those former roles surface in this movie: the disillusioned former soldier he portrayed in 'Born on the Fourth of July'; the muscular martial artist he was in 'Mission: Impossible 2'; and even a bit of the tortured soul he exposed in 'Vanilla Sky'.
“ Toll provides the mandatory sweeping battlefield shots, along with numerous slow pans that allow time for the passion of the Japanese culture to bleed through the screen.
“ It has character development, just enough of intense action, drama, some suspense, a little humor, and impressive performances by the cast (especially Cruise and Watanabe) who make this film worth the time to watch.
“The Last Samurai is thoughtful, engaging and totally original.
“ Absolutely stunning!
“ Also, the story is rather simple on the whole and mostly predictable too in the later stages.
“ This makes Katsumoto such a compelling, conflicted, moving character that contrasts with Tom Cruise's character similarly.
“ A neater resolution is to be found in this entertaining tale of redeemed honor with a happily-ever-after ending.
“2/Screenplay: One cliché after an other (the woman who cares for the wounded lead character becomes the love interest, ...
“ The characters were very stale and the love between the main characters, Nathan and Taka seem contrived.
“ action movie, contrived, but nonetheless enjoyable .
“ But nevermind the story: overblown pretentious silliness disguised rather poorly as an epic action movie.
“ The slow motion parts of yer man thinking back over his life were unwatchable - eugh!
“ I remember watching this in theaters and being blown away by how immersive and entertaining this film was at that time.
“This movie is about life and death, and honestly writers John Logan, Edward Zwick (director), and Marshall Herskovitz communicate well the beauty, and sometimes the struggle of life; and the terrible waste of life in war.
“Overall, a great film to watch which doesn't fail to impress, possibly one of Cruise's best performances to date combined with a compelling story, interesting characters and breathtaking battles as well as settings, makes this the best film of the year so far, and will end up as one of the years greatest.
“ Maybe its because i am not from the US, but I found this movie to be an incredibly formulaic and clichéd; the sets looked like sets; and every character a familiar stereotype.
“ Stunning battle images illuminate the full-blown tragedy of Samurais .
“ But when the story focuses back on `civilization', that is when the film gets a little dull.
“ The movie began in fascinating style, with already something to laugh about.
“ As an action movie it is too long and dull.
“ Amazing, something enjoyable and most interesting.
“ But it's a riveting movie, that has depth and a style that sticks.
“ The movie does have tones of "Dances With Wolves" and the riveting climatic battle scene, reminescent of "Little Big Man" will have many of you squirming in your seats.
“ the photography is first class, so is the cast, the music is breathtaking, and the movie has so many timeless one-liners.
“ I was pleased to find instead intricately choreographed fight scenes that were tremendously exciting and although farfetched, within belief.
“ The Last Samurai is the latest film of this kind, and even if (at just over 2 ½ hours) it's probably a little too long, it still offers at least more than two hours of compelling cinema (and is therefore one of my favourite films of the year).
“The worst movie of the year...
“' enough silly glances between Cruise and a Japanese widow to make you long for the mirth in `Teahouse of the August Moon,' and enough trite dialogue to make you long for the wit of `Bridge on the River Kwai.
“ Sure the battle scenes (which were very well done) reminds us of Braveheart, but they're as exciting and moving as I've seen.
“ It also got a little confusing particularly with the blossom scene.
“ I thought the movie was entertaining at least.
“ Sentimental and drawn out.
“ magical, breathtaking, powerful, tearjerking, and absolutely beautiful.
“Tony Goldwyn, who has always played good villains, is perfect here -- really annoying with an evil-like voice that's actually just bland.
“ ***POSSIBLE SPOILERS*** (it really gives everything away if you ask me)There are some people in this world who realize that, in reality, life's a very empty and depressing thing.
“" Then as the film continued, I enjoyed this film more, simply because the action scenes were more enjoyable.
“ Battle and fighting scenes are gory but not overly so, and very intense.
“The film was histrionic, continuously looping, cluelessly slow and generally speaking so utterly unconvincing and banal, I'm honestly baffled the project ever got off the ground.
“ Sure, it's pretty downbeat with some tragic elements, but the action is just so breathtaking that I was moved every time.
“ The romance is much played up on the trailer but mostly consists of curious and longing glances that could be out of an Austen novel, plus the mandatory cliche shot of the bland beauty discreetly bathing by a stream.
“ Quite sound in its portrayal of old Japanese customs, traditions and way of life, nicely written by Zwick, convincingly performed by the cast, impressive work by the crew and stunning music by Hans Zimmer, The Last Samurai is a tale of romanticism vs modernism, purity vs corruption, and also a conflict of two different cultures.
“ It is utterly predictable.
“ Definitely worth watching, preferably at night when you are doing nothing else.
“ The music by the ever reliable Hans Zimmer is gorgeous, dramatic in the battle sequences, and poignant in the slower scenes.
“My advice: go rent "Rob Roy" (1995) for a much more compelling film about war and intrigue and history.
“The performers are excellent, especially Cruise but even more compelling are many of the Japanese actors.
“ The battle sequences are thrilling and terrifying, and the mournful, emotive score by Hans Zimmer evokes memories of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon".
“ His confusion of the character has been well hidden and I felt he was a good actor for being able to do that.
“ Very enjoyable.
“ By far the most enjoyable, passionate, and entertaining film of the year.
“ But Ken Watanabe's emotionally, intense performance, totally blows away Tom Cruise's performance.
“ This must be the first Tom Cruise movie I've actually paid to see, and I went the day after watching the tediously pretentious Vanilla Sky.
“ I'm listening to it on repeat as I write this now because it's that breathtaking.
“Pretty predictable story.
“ On the other hand, the cities were portrayed as overly busy and had bland colors and depictions.
“ It is the journey of Algren's character within the framework of this yarn that is most compelling and is played to a T by Cruise.
“Other than that it is well worth watching.
“The Acting is stunning!.
“ It also contains one of the best and most memorable endings in recent years, which alone makes the film worth watching.
“ What sets this apart from all the others is the sheer breathtaking beauty of the cinematography, the level of authenticity in recreating ancient Japan, the attention to detail in depicting Samurai culture, and the utterly brilliant Ken Watanabe in the supporting role as the legendary Samurai warlord Katsumoto.
“What follows is highly predictable.
“ They are beautifully shot and genuinely exciting.
“ Everything else in this movie is formulaic and done before.
“ The epic battle sequences are well executed/paced, intense, and realistic giving audiences a look at what warfare was probably like back then.
“ Secondly, DWW was more a love story, while in the LS the love story (happily) is quite incidental, other than to express the cultural different conceptions of virtue (vis a vis her somewhat "troubled" initial relationship with Algren), and for that matter quite intriguing because of it.
“ I ask you to put yourself in Tom's place and see what seeing, feel what he's feeling and this will truly be an enjoyable experience.
“Some fantastic battle scenes (a little braveheart like in their imagery), strong characters and brilliant direction, result in a thoroughly entertaining movie, that is not what i expected at all.
“ tedious and cliched disappointment .
“ A thoroughly enjoyable epic.