Bunraku | Film review
Josh Hartnett, Gackt and Ron Perlman lose themselves in a fusillade of fanboy tropes.
A smoldering cowboy (Josh Hartnett) and a seething samurai (Gackt) team up to take down a kingpin (Ron Perlman) and his colorful contract killers in this fever-pitched pastiche of fanboy fantasy tropes. Director Guy Moshe has visual flair to spare, providing a fusillade of camera whips and pans, cartoons and copious kung fu. Yet all this sound and fury services a story so nonsensically convoluted that voiceover exposition (courtesy of Faith No More’s Mike Patton) only compounds the confusion. Hartnett is less a nouveau Charles Bronson than a poor man’s Josh Brolin, while Woody Harrelson, playing a sagelike bartender, acts as if he’s doing community service. Bunraku aspires to be Kill Bill Part 3; it’s more like an ornate pitch for a Dick Tracy reboot.