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Kevin McKidd, playing Killer #2 (one of nine “Killers” who make up the Red Suit Gang’s inner circle!), is a lot more enjoyable. He threatens to steal the movie more than once, in fact. You can see how much fun he’s having which offsets the bonkers-effect his dance-fu bad guy immediately instills. As a character, Killer #2 sort of embodies this movie and if you don’t enjoy him, chances are you’re not going to enjoy much of this.
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Killer Number Two
No disrespect towards the film’s two heroes, but they’re not the ones who steal the show. That honor goes to Kevin McKidd, who kicks all kinds of ass as the deranged Killer Number Two, lieutenant to Nicola. A man who more than lives up to his name (though not in the juvenile sense, mind you), McKidd’s performance is flashy and flamboyant and dangerous at every turn. And his final scene in the film? It’s a gut-wrencher, no doubt about it.
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Aired Sept. 30th
To television audiences, actor Kevin McKidd is best known for his performance as Dr. Owen Hunt on ABC’s hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, as well as his work on the short-lived but fan-favorite shows Journeyman, and Rome. However, McKidd also has a long and impressive resume of film work to his credit including roles in Trainspotting, Topsy-Turvy, Nicholas Nickleby, Dog Soldiers, De-Lovely, Kingdom of Heaven, Hannibal Rising, Made of Honor, and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. The actor will also be heard (but not seen) next summer voicing a role in Pixar’s upcoming computer-animated fantasy The Brave. But first, you can catch McKidd playing a dangerous, psychopathic assassin in the new sci-fi action film Bunraku, which opens in theaters on September 30th
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'Bunraku': one long string of blows A movie review of "Bunraku," a martial-arts melodrama that's all style and no substance. Josh Hartnett plays a nameless drifter who teams up with a Japanese warrior (Gackt) to defeat a tyrant (Ron Perlman).
By John Hartl
Movie review 'Bunraku,' with Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, Josh Hartnett, Ron Perlman. Written and directed by Guy Moshe. 124 minutes. Rated R for bloody violence and language. In English and Japanese, with ballooned English subtitles. Pacific Place.
If you mixed up the reels in "Bunraku," if you showed Reel 6 before Reel 3, it wouldn't make a lot of difference.
The movie is essentially one long, extensively choreographed fight sequence in which "mortal" blows are delivered so often, and with so little lasting impact, that a brawl just becomes a brawl becomes a brawl. Never mind dramatic context or smart pacing.
The chief distinctions are the art direction and lighting, which consistently suggest a graphic novel/comic strip, complete with balloons that carry subtitles that explain the occasional Japanese-language exchanges.
There is a kind of narrative, something to do with a drifter, a Man With No Name reminiscent of Clint Eastwood but played this time by Josh Hartnett. He teams up with a Japanese warrior (the single-named pop star Gackt) to defeat a tyrant (Ron Perlman) who is protected by nine assassins, including scene-stealing live wire Kevin McKidd.
Demi Moore does what she can with a self-consciously stock femme fatale role, while Woody Harrelson suppresses the temptation to camp it up as a bartender who dispenses dubious wisdom at the Horseless Horseman Saloon.
The impressive cast may have signed on because they liked writer-director Guy Moshe's more intimate 2006 debut picture, "Holly," but this feels like a sophomore slump.
"Bunraku" (the title refers to ancient Japanese puppet theater) has the heavily stylized look of "Sin City" (also with Hartnett), but it generates all the lasting power of a dated video game.
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In honor of the theatrical release of BUNRAKU on Wednesday, September 27th, 2011, mixed-media artist Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell will unveil a series of original art pieces inspired by film. The pieces will be exhibited at a private event with the cast of BUNRAKU at Chateau Marmont. Art preview and interviews with artist Jeremy Kenyon Lockyer Corbell and BUNRAKU director Guy Moshe will take place prior to the private event.
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