DVD Straightjacket - Ninja

Synopsis: A westerner named Casey, studying Ninjutsu in Japan, is asked by the Sensei to return to New York to protect the legendary Yoroi Bitsu, an armored chest that contains the weapons of the last Koga Ninja.

Review: I am a sucker for all martial arts movies, good or bad. I grew up with the Sho Kusuki Ninja films and have missed this genre immensely. When Ninja Assassin came out, I was in heaven. Not just because of the ninja film, but because Sho Kosuki was in it as well. Could a relative unknown like Scott Adkins come into the genre and bring it back from certain death?

Unlike a lot of people, I already knew Scott Adkins from his various action films. Usually the villain or secondary character, he has stepped up to the starring role and possible new action star. He does a great job here as the lead in not only the action (which anything he does is brilliance) but also as an actor. He’s got a long way to go to get classified as a good actor, but he is well on his way. I can easily see him slowly moving up the ladder and becoming an action icon like Van Damme or Seagal. The story here is decent and held on to the aspects that I loved, which I thought were too few in Ninja Assassin. The story is decent, but nothing too original. This will remind you of the old action movies of the 80’s, but I think that’s what they were going for. I really enjoyed it and hope to see more Ninja’s and Scott Adkins in the future.

If you enjoy martial arts films, then watch this. Remember to enjoy it for what it is. As for Scott Adkins, you can check out some of his other work in Undisputed 2, the upcoming Undisputed 3, The Tournament, and as Weapon Zero in X-men Origins: Wolverine. I really think he is the next big thing. (Review by Bobby Blakey of Big Dumb Gorilla Studios)