The Last Samurai
Set in Japan during the 1870s, THE LAST SAMURAI tells the story of Capt. Nathan Algren (TOM CRUISE), a respected American military officer hired by the Emperor of Japan to train the country's first army in the art of modern warfare.
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Outstanding action and performance; lots of blood.
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Rotten: Too much surface and not enough depth.
- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Friday, December 5, 2003
Rotten: There are pleasures to be had in the handsome, heroic The Last Samurai. But they're all on the surface.
- David Ansen, Newsweek, Tuesday, December 16, 2003
Rotten: Despite its intelligent agenda, swollen heart and fabulously epic surface, amounts to a didactic banality: a white guy's politically correct lesson abroad.
- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Friday, December 5, 2003
Everything you want from a historical epic. It's a long history lesson that remains gripping, with characters defending their honour in big battle scenes. Tom Cruise plays his favourite Maverick role and there's even a bit of Billy Connolly. Very enjoyable.
- RossCollinsUK, Saturday, November 14, 2009
Tom Cruise gives one of is best-ever performances in this slow-going, yet beautiful and well-directed action-drama. I've always had an undying fascination for ancient Japan and the samurai culture, so this was definitely my kind of movie. The storyline also reminded me a lot of the mini-series Shogun, which seems to have served as one of its main sources of inspiration. In fact, this is more or less like a full-length film version of said series. Not as great as some make it out to be, but surely a good time at the movies.
- CloudStrife84, Wednesday, April 29, 2009
A big production with some amazing views, a great quality film with a western view on the Samurai style films. It also captures the spiritual sense. It is perhaps a little disappointing that people will watch, and have watched this film purely because of Tom Cruise being the lead, when although this is one of Cruise's better roles it certainly isn't the Cruise element that makes the film, but I'm sure he would have raised the box office ratings.
- 76Majikat, Thursday, April 23, 2009