Aroview: Swathed in the scenery of New Zealand, this enactment of the Japanese civil wars of the late 19th century is an ambitious, though none-too-subtle period epic.
Tom Cruise plays a guilt-ridden veteran of the American Civil War who is recruited to help modernise the Imperial Army, but is abducted by rebellious Samurais and inculcated with the mystic values of traditional Japan. Admittedly, the dir.'s sure touch for rollicking battles in the swords-vs-cannons mode is thoroughly spectacular, and for this alone will hold the attention of those hungry for action.
However as a modernday myth of spiritual transformation, one influenced by DANCES WITH WOLVES, this is unfortunately heavy with oriental cliche and light on authentic historical context.
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2 stars (Good Try) Cruise has problems with the acting part of his performance - it doesn't really matter as his character is ridiculous anyway.Timothy Spall is fine and so is the vegetation.An hour less would have helped.~tubbs