Keanu Reeves takes on an ugly computer-generated warrior in the new clip of "47 Ronin," released Monday for fans of the upcoming movie featuring the former star of "The Matrix" trilogy.
The end of the clip shows Reeves in an intense battle with a large warrior-beast cheered on by a large group of onlookers. A man who is looking for Reeves' "half-breed" character is led down to a closed off area where the fight takes place.
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The movie, based on the popular Japanese tale, stars Reeves as Kai, a once-rejected samurai warrior that 47 keen but leaderless fighters rally around to avenge the death of their master against a "savage world of mythic beasts, shape-shifting witchcraft and wondrous terrors," according to ComicBookMovie.com.
Matt Goldberg, of Collider.com, said he was not impressed
with computer-generated warrior Reeves was fighting in the clip.
"The clip illustrates that the heroes will be fighting beasts rather than men, but the beasts are so hard to buy because the CGI looks so crummy," Goldberg wrote. "I can understand needing CGI for big set pieces, but this is a mano-a-mano fight, and it looks like Reeves is fighting a cartoon character rather than a flesh-and-blood creature."
During a news conference for the movie in Tokyo Monday, Director Carl Rinsch said he and Reeves worked on the plot for two years with the hope doing the film justice for Japanese fans. At the same time, they worked in elements that would make it a hit in the U.S. and globally as well.
"These themes of revenge, loyalty, perseverance, were things we knew from the very beginning were universal," said Rinsch, who is making his directorial feature film debut, according to The Associated Press.
Japanese actor Hiroyuki Sanada, who co-stars in the movie, said that Reeves became like a samurai during filming, while the character he played adopted a more "wild" style.
"47 Ronin" premieres in Japan on Dec. 6 and opens in U.S. theaters on Dec. 25.
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