om Cruise proves once again that ancient
cultures floundered and wandered through life until the great
white Euro could come to the rescue! Thank you Tom! Ok...the movie
wasn't a total wash, in fact there were some redeeming qualities
to this epic! But first a bit of back drop: The Japanese are in
the midst of a sort of civil war between the new capitalists and
the traditional samurai who want to maintain Japans long and isolated
culture. The manipulative greedy money grubbing pro-western crew
seeks military success in the form of a disenchanted alcoholic
American-Indian war veteran (Tom Cruise). Once in battle, the
samurai capture Cruise and keep him psuedo captive. While held,
Cruise manages to learn fluent Japanese, fight samurai style on
a superior level, fall in love with the widow of a man he himself
had slain, and most improbably, becomes the father figure to a
boy whose father....yep, you guessed it....he himself had slain!
Now that I think about this movie, I laugh at the outrageous request
of suspension of disbelief! Samurai who speak good English(who
the hell taught these mountain dwelling samurai English?), a whitey
kicking samurai ass with a samurai sword, ninjas being outdone
by anyone, much less a child! Ok...there is big battle scenes.
Enough said! The movie is decent enough to justify two hours of
your time and as long as I am being generous with the compliments....Tom
Cruise's love interest is the most beautiful woman on the planet
this side of Eva Mendez and Selma Hayek! "The Last Samurai"
is better than I had expected but overall it is the typical yarn
of a white man coming to the rescue of a needy people...ergo:
"Dances With Wolves" and "Farewell to the King".
Nothing special, nothing hideous! (Pat Connor
A naked Sally