9/10 movie for me.
9/10 movie for me.
Cons: I' have loved them to develop some characters further, or give the backstory at least (Sojiro, Aoshi and some of the Juppongata) to create more drama and depth, as well as inclide some more epic fight scenes.
Long story short, this is the stuff when you go to visit your girlfriend and she insists on watching it with you for you to get some after.
Overall rating 3.5/10. Probably might rise to 4.
The choice of lead and support characters and their multi-layers, which continue to get deeper with each passing episode, plot and sub- plot..it is absolutely genius.
The simple premise on which the story is built and subsequent sub- stories and characters added on make the story telling angles just as juicy as the camera work and fighting scenes.
I'd love to see how far wide they can cast the story without losing the MMA base plot.
So far, excellent, RAW, watching. 9.5 out of 10 from me.
having watched about 7 episodes now I can confidently say I await a 2nd season with baited breath. I usually hate giving off details that would ruin a first time watcher via the review so I'll keep it at that. The only close comparison I could draw with this is the movie "Warrior" (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1291584/?ref_=nv_sr_1) which in a way tried to condense all the relational angles and fighting into 140min. Kingdom draws it out more, allowing the audience to identify with each characters'struggles, pain, triumph and emotions. The pure rawness and reality of the everyday struggles on fighting for relationships to work, making ends meet, pursuing your dream are captured all to well. And as someone said, you don't need to love MMA to relate to this.
Final verdict: 10/10
All in all, I can't wait for season 2. Red Reddington has me on his list!
The movie is not bad per Ce, just quite rushed, or undercooked. The positives: Characterization, voices, wardrobes and cinematography are stellar. The negatives: hopeless dialogue (partly because the producers must have assumed everyone has watched the anime and therefore can infer certain references), shallow characters, missing characters and a rushed plot.
I agree it is hard to condense into 2hrs 15min what has been told for about 2000min. Same case as was the Avatar- last Air Bender adaptation. There is so much history and character development that is missed here and while they try to twist the story to gel how the characters meet and merge forces, it comes off rushed. If this was a part 1 of maybe 3, I'd be happy, but then again, it is not.
All in all, your better off sticking to the anime any day, any time. This comes off as just another Chinese martial arts flick with porridge substance. Good - but only if you've nothing else to watch.
For starters, the trailer and pilot were BRILLIANT. The producers get you hooked in an instant. You have a well-ripped lead actor who is on a personal vendetta as an urban legend to right his father's wrongs.
I like the new spin on this show but that's pretty much it. It's nothing you haven't seen before. Simply put, it is a mash up of "Batman Begins" and "Revenge". From episode 3 you can tell the script is a bit watershed, with less and less action as the show veers off to a more "soap-opera" feel, which only serves to mellow the bad-ass nature the first two episodes promised and delivered. The dialogue is labored and the whole introduction of characters catching feelings for each other is recycled and tired. The use of flashbacks is clever but the slow unraveling of what happened to him at the island is TOO SLOW, given that the audience is expecting conspiracies unraveling upon each other. The compromise however has been in the shows failure to balance witty dialogue, a fast-paced storyline and action. Everything just seems too dragged and the action scenes over-edited.
On this trend I wouldn't vouch for a season 2, pretty much because if you have watched "Revenge" you wouldn't see the need to bother with this. Unless of course you want to ogle at Oliver Quinn's abs.
The fight scenes are nicely intense with clever use of tight angled action shots and booming sound to make you feel as if you were in Cape Town itself. And really that is as good as it gets. For those looking for an overly complicated script riddled with sub-plots and nerve wrecking twists and turns, you will be disappointed. This is a movie simply for those who love a good, mildly bloody action thriller to idly pass time over the weekend.
7/10 for me.
While it is too early to give a concrete review, having watched the first 2 episodes just leaves one yearning for more. The storyline at first glance seems simple enough..3 employees staging a heist of a lumpsum of cash. The aftermath is what unravels as the core of this series, with the use of timely back-flashes to give the viewer a feel of what transpired before. The delivery of suspense, and drama is excellent along with the character choices, played marvellously by Steve Mackintosh (I only remember as the weed seller in Guy Ritchie's "lock, Stock and Two Smokin' Barrels") as the lead. The character development doesn't seem rushed and the sub-plots and dialogue make sense - which is a far cry from recent suspense/thriller/drama productions which are all effects and zero punch.
For those that are intrigued by heists and the what they entail along with the drama revolving around each character, this one's definitely for you. Edge of the seat stuff.