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Warners Bros through Comic Con debuted Ninja Assassin in San Diego this weekend. Per Wikipedia Ninja Assassin is an upcoming martial arts film directed by James McTeigue and starring Rain. The film is produced by Joel Silver and the Wachowski brothers, and filming took place in Berlin, Germany. The film is scheduled to be released on November 25, 2009

I want to first say that the action and fighting sequences were amazing some of the best martial arts fighting sequences I have ever seen in a movie. I understand what this movie is and who it is aimed for and I am not one of those peoples who looks for plot holes and understand this is an action pop corn movie.

After saying that, its really a B-Movie with high end production values. Its reminds me of one of those direct to cable movies you see on Sci Fi that is filmed in Europe with possibly one American actor

This movie takes place in Berlin for the most part and concerns Europol (I guess they couldnt use the name Interpol) investigating assassination supposedly by Ninjas. The investigating researcher is a African American female who works for an English guy in Berlin. The plot and conclusion have been done a hundred times and their is nothing original about it. However, what the movie excels in is in the violence and blood splatter. There is takes it to another level and it is amazing. It looks like they took one of these B or C movies they make in Europe for direct to cable\\dvd movies and then pumped millions of dollars into it for the action sequence.

What I want to know is when did it become standard practice to have the camera zoom so close into the fighting scenes. This happens in many movies these days when when you have a dozen guys fighting each other and the camera seems to be in the middle of the action. Not only do you miss parts of the actions but it also makes you dizzy

So if you want to see some amazing fighting action then I wouldnt miss this movie. However, dont expect to be surprised by any of it

One final point about the movie experience itself. When we lined up at the theater, we were told that no phones or cameras would be allowed and if we had any we had to get rid of them. The theater wouldnt hold it for us and they told us it was our responsibility to get rid of it somehow. After a few complaints they told us that phones would be fine but no cameras. Well i had a camera and was 30 minutes from my hotel room with no one to leave my camera with. I told them that the camera was no do different from the phones but then security told me that this came from Warner Bros and that I shouldnt complain because I should be honored to see the movie from before anyone else. Of course being that I had the camera with me, it couldn't get in anyway so there wasn't much joy I could get out of that. I left my kids in line and went around the area looking for a hotel I could drop it off in their safe. I hit a couple of hotels and they wouldn't take it because i want staying in the hotel. I finally found one and left it with them. When I got back to my kids I was told that after I had left that Warner Bros and or the theater decided that no phones would be allowed in. Can you imagine 100 people, most of them visitors from outside San Diego and or California and all with at least one phone being asked to dispose of their phones before they got in? I wish I had been there because I swear I would have led a revolt and told everyone in line to screw the movie and lets walk away. Before I got back, I guess Warner Bros realized it couldnt work especially since no of the paperwork they gave people at the booth mentioned anything about not bringing phones. Supposedly they were going to let the cameras in but they told us to turn off everything and not take anything out of ours bags. They had security in the theater looking at us and we were electronically checked for cameras and phones when we came in. Being that I had made such a stink when i first heard about the phone and camera no being allowed in, they spent some extra time with me.

Two other points, I found a cop in his car and asked him if there were any lockers around or a hotel I could get help from. I even asked him if he would hold it for me. He told me he would but he would be leaving soon so I wouldnt have been able to find him. His advise to me, hide the camera in my pants. I loved that.

Finally, as someone who sells for the forum and have gone to the electronic shows, i can honestly tell you that I could have taken out my camera and shot a thousand pictures and each and everyone would have been blurred at best. When we show pictures from out projectors we have to pause the picture in order to get a good picture. I understand video, but the whole thing was idiotic

Before I left San Diego, I saw that they were playing a special presentation of Inglorious Basterds. When I asked the guy in line which booth was giving out tickets, he told me that it wasnt a booth but they were notifitied through Twitter about it and people had to show up before 8am to get the tickets for the 9pm showings

Also, before the Ninja movie started, they showed the new Twilight movies. You cant imagine how many screaming teenage girls there were there. I thought they were going to attack the huge bus carrying the movies actors

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Originally Posted by Daniel Hutnicki /forum/post/16891560

What I want to know is when did it become standard practice to have the camera zoom so close into the fighting scenes. This happens in many movies these days when when you have a dozen guys fighting each other and the camera seems to be in the middle of the action, to me at least you miss something at best and makes you dizzy at worst.

- It became standard practice once non-martial artists started doing fight sequences.
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