Keanu Reeves | With a combination of lousy reviews and a box office crash, 47 Ronin is considered one of the biggest box offices flops since the turn of the millennium. We think it’s still worth taking a look – it’s still running on Prime until tomorrow.
It cost a whopping 175 million dollars and was supposed to attract the masses to the cinemas as a top-class 3D spectacle – no, it had to. After all, the studios want to make money with their films. Instead, however, “47 Ronin” achieved dubious fame as one of the biggest box office flops in recent memory. We think: wrongly.
The fantasy adventure by Carl Rinsch, who incidentally hasn’t directed a film since then, grossed just $152 million, which for a production of this magnitude is just enough to recoup the marketing costs. On the other hand, Universal Pictures was left with the production costs. And the reviews were also modest, to say the least: Eight years after its theatrical release, the film now only has around 28 out of 100 points MetaCritic and 16 percent positive ratings Rotten Tomatoes. Catastrophic values, which in no way do justice to the martial arts fantasy spectacle. Anyone who has subscribed to Amazon Prime Video and is not averse to the genre should therefore take the opportunity and take a quick look while it is still possible:
After the film was recently dropped from Netflix, its days with the competition are now numbered. “47 Ronin” is only included in the subscription to Amazon Prime Video up to and including tomorrow (April 7, 2022). After that, DVD, Blu-ray and the VOD offer on the common streaming platforms have to serve as an alternative – but they then cost extra.
“47 Ronin”: A dark, surprisingly authentic fantasy epic
In the film adaptation of the famous story of the 47 masterless samurai (aka Ronin), the eponymous warriors, led by Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), swear to avenge their one-time Lord Asano (Min Tanaka) – and throw themselves into battle side by side against his dark adversary Lord Kira (Tadanobu Asano) and his allies. At her side: half-blood Kai (Keanu Reeves), whom the samurai never really accepted as one of their own, but could be of great support to the fighters on their most important mission.
By the way, with 3 out of 5 possible stars, “47 Ronin” in the official DashFUN review is quite solid and far better than the critics’ average. The conclusion of chief critic Christoph Petersen: “47 Ronin” is a consistently dark, surprisingly authentic, but often emotionally overcooled epic with fantastic visual values.
By the way: After the film went bad at the box office, it really took off in streaming. The fantasy spectacle was so successful on Netflix that the streaming giant has now commissioned a sequel! You can find more information about this in the following article: