Watch: Trailer Finally Arrives For Keanu Reeves' Troubled & Long Delayed '47 Ronin'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
July 24, 2013 12:54 PM
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So just how long has the Keanu Reeves-starring "47 Ronin" been kicking around? It was originally slated to open last November, before going through a couple more release date bumps, before finally landing on Christmas Day this year. Reports of re-shoots, story changes and more dogged the project, with the budget rumored to have soared to $225 million already (though the studio insists it won't cross $200 million), well past the original $175 million budget. And that's not mention some battles over the edit, though first time filmmaker Carl Rinsch has weathered the storm. And now, we'll see the result and it's... this....

The first trailer for "47 Ronin" looks big and very, very empty. While the concept sounds pretty awesome on paper—47 warriors, following the forced seppuku (ritual suicide by disembowelment) of their master after assaulting a court official, seek revenge on those who caused his death—the result seems to be a CGI calamity with some, uh, interesting acting from Reeves. We're not quite sure what we just watched, but it something manages to be both unique yet obscenely dull, presenting yet another world with strange creatures crashing through forests and super dark environments that will be even harder to see in 3D.

So, good luck with this one Universal. Watch below followed by some character posters via Empire. "47 Ronin" co-stars Rinko Kikuchi, Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki and Tadanobu Asano.


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17 Comments

  • French toast | July 25, 2013 5:34 AMReply

    Another Universal's big budget flop!!

  • myshkin | July 24, 2013 11:54 PMReply

    Well, it made me want to see it. So, whatever, snobs. :)

  • myshkin | July 24, 2013 11:54 PMReply

    Well, it made me want to see it. So, whatever, snobs. :)

  • myshkin | July 24, 2013 11:53 PMReply

    Well, it made me want to see it. So, whatever, snobs. :)

  • myshkin | July 24, 2013 11:49 PMReply

    Well, it made me want to see it. So, whatever, snobs. :)

  • myshkin | July 24, 2013 11:49 PMReply

    Well, it made me want to see it. So, whatever, snobs. :)

  • PcChongor | July 24, 2013 11:40 PMReply

    If "Jack the Giant Slayer" was its own genre, this would definitely be the "Jack the Giant Slayer" of all those other Jack the Giant Slayers.

  • david | July 24, 2013 3:40 PMReply

    Stop moanin' about 47 Ronin! In all seriousness though, this sadly looks as fantastically insipid and desperate as The Seventh Son but with less Jeff Bridges.

  • RC | July 24, 2013 2:21 PMReply

    So much talented art work wasted on bad scripts.

  • Katie Walsh | July 24, 2013 1:58 PMReply

    Zombie Boy Rico Genest!

  • Glass | July 24, 2013 5:31 PM

    This is so cool, I had no idea he was in this (or ANY movie)

  • JP | July 24, 2013 1:47 PMReply

    This looks awful

  • The Ziggurat | July 24, 2013 1:43 PMReply

    Django Unchained: Tokyo Drift

  • et | July 24, 2013 2:47 PM

    hahaha

  • kitcon | July 24, 2013 1:19 PMReply

    The Last Airbender's long lost cousin.

  • D | July 24, 2013 1:05 PMReply

    Well at least it's... surprising. I mean I guess that went under my radar at some point, I expected some kind of "classical" period piece, not a fantasy-infused thingy a la 300, bloated with CGI.

    In any case the trailer itself is a nightmare (the editing shitcks and OH that music !!!).

  • Ray H | July 24, 2013 3:07 PM

    Same here. I was expecting a small, sober period piece. Last thing I expected "300" set in Japan. It certainly explains the production problems.

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