Keanu Reeves has made an explosive return to Hollywood in the action-adventure 47 Ronin, directed by The Gift's Carl Rinsch. The movie follows the story of 47 strong team of fearless samurai who seek vengeance after a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind.
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Driven from their homes, the samurai seek the help of Kai (Reeves), a half-breed they once rejected, who helps fight across a savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors.
'47 Ronin' comes with baggage. Specifically the $170 million budget entrusted in a director with relatively little feature film experience.
"Carl Rinsch had been kicking around for years, but when he made [the 2010 short] The Gift, it got sent around and it created a frenzy," producer-manager Darin Friedman told the Hollywood Reporter, "That doesn't happen without that perfect storm of the right idea executed well, with the technology to share it virally."
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Though the likes of David Fincher and Michael Bay have made successful transitions from commercials and music videos to big-budget Hollywood movies, Rinsch needs (needed) to be careful. You may remember in 1999, when Universal gave commercial director Kinka Usher $70 to make the superhero spoof Mystery Man. The film grossed only $33 million. It had been making commercials ever since.
47 Ronin is released on Christmas Day 2013. Risky, risky, risky.
'47 Ronin' Star Keanu Reeves.