FantasticFest is the largest genre film festival in the U.S., specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, and action movies from all around the world. Here's a list of some of our favorite movies at FantasticFest.
It's been 5 years since the outbreak that wiped out 85% of the world's population, but the war between Re-Animates (Re-Ans) and Humans wages on. Most of the major cities are still ... See full summary »
Travis and his team travel to China in search of what isn't supposed to exist ... their mission to capture a Cryptid which is wreaking havoc in a remote village and they need to do this ... See full summary »
A westerner named Casey, studying Ninjutsu in Japan, is asked by the Sensei to return to New York to protect the legendary Yoroi Bitsu, an armored chest that contains the weapons of the last Koga Ninja.
Two former para-military operatives, Johnny and his police detective friend Peter, search Bangkok to find the killers of Johnny's beautiful daughter Angel - Leaving carnage and retribution throughout city.
John looks to take down Luc Deveraux after a home invasion claims his wife and daughter. The fight pits John against Andrew Scott and an army of genetically enhanced warriors; meanwhile, he must contend with a UniSol in relentless pursuit.
Jean-Claude Van Damme,
Fight everyone and trust no one: it's the code of survival practiced by martial-arts master Casey Bowman after his life of domestic bliss is shattered by a savage act of violence. Vowing revenge, the fearless American stealthily tracks the killer from Osaka to Bangkok to Rangoon with the help of a wise and crafty sensei. His only clues: a series of victims whose necks bear the distinctive mark of strangulation by barbed wire. Fighting to avenge as well as to survive, Casey must sharpen his razor-like responses and take his battle skills to the next level, even using deep meditation to fake his own death. His target: the sinister drug lord Goro, who is flooding the streets with deadly meth cooked at his remote jungle factory. To prepare for his ultimate confrontation, Casey must finally become an invisible warrior worthy of the name Ninja. But just when his prey is cornered, an unexpected twist shows Casey that his battle is only beginning: he truly can trust no one. Written by
I've long thought that Isaac Florentine is one of the best action movie directors out there, enough that I greatly anticipate each new movie he manages to put out. I thought that the original "Ninja", which he directed, really delivered the goods. So when I heard that there was a sequel coming out, you can bet that I couldn't wait to watch it.
As I type this, it's been a few minutes since I watched the movie. What did I think? Well, I will admit that the movie is not perfect. The biggest problem with the movie is the script. There's not much of a story here - there's just enough to make an excuse for an action sequence every few minutes. There are also a few minor murky parts in the plot that make for some unclear elements (though it's possible that more explanation was removed in the editing room.) The characters, from the hero to the villains, are pretty weak when it comes to character development. And the "big twist" revealed in the final few minutes is painfully predictable - you'll see it coming long before it unfolds.
Despite these problems, the movie manages to redeem itself, mainly with the action sequences. The action choreography is first rate - swift, exciting, and brutal are the words to describe the mayhem, mayhem that keeps rearing its head frequently. The Asian locations add a feeling of authenticity to the movie, more so than the first movie (where Bulgarian locations were used to depict Japan and New York!) There's more eye candy than brain candy here, but sometimes you want to watch a movie where you don't have to think that much. If you are in such a mood, then this movie will more likely than not satisfy.
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