47 Ronin: Bordering silly but has moments of good fun

BY Joanna Mendoza

Keanu Reeves in "47 Ronin" (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

Keanu Reeves is the “half-breed” Kai in “47 Ronin.” (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

Some might say that the ancient but real-life story of the 47 ronin (lordless samurai) who sacrificed their lives to avenge their master’s death is the stuff of Hollywood dreams. But it’s only been given the Hollywood treatment now, with the recently released 47 Ronin, starring Keanu Reeves as a half-British, half-Japanese samurai.

While I didn’t exactly hate the movie, I’m not so fond of it either. There were good and bad things about it, but to end on a good note, let’s start with the bad, shall we?

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2014 #savethedate: Local release dates for 47 Ronin, Noah, Transformers 4, and more from Solar-UIP

"47 Ronin" opens in Philippine cinemas Jan. 8, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

“47 Ronin” opens in Philippine cinemas Jan. 8, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Universal Pictures)

Yesterday, we featured the 2014 movies from Warner Bros. This time, the spotlight is on Solar-UIP (Universal Pictures, Paramount, Solar). And just like with the Warner releases, we have synopses, trailers, and release dates.

But before the complete list, here are our top picks, in order of release date.

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