Movie Review: Hirokin, The Last Samurai

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On the planet Aradius, the human interlopers have suppressed the indigenous Arid for years because of their link to the planet itself, called the Wei, and their fear thereoff. This resulted in a near genocide of the Arid race and all kinds of unpleasant side-effects that both remaining Arid people and humans alike suffer from. Centuries later the planet is a desert like wasteland and humanity is led by the tyrant Griffin, who uses his deacons to hunt down the Arid and their rebel leader Moss in the desert like wasteland that Aradius has become.

Enter our reluctant hero Hirokin, who ends up crossing paths with the despot and due to events unfolding, ends up with the choice between standing up for the Arid and leading their rebellion so they can once again be free, or avenge his family. But, does his family need to be avenged at all?

I’m sure you don’t even need me spoiling it, because Hirokin is such a darned cliché I’m absolutely positive you can guess the entire plot just from reading this. The movie desperately WANTS to be original, but it fails in pretty much every department.

I’m under the impression that the director (Alejo Mo-Sun) took the plot of Dune, the panet Tatooine from Star Wars, threw in some steampunk and dieselpunk aesthetics and a bunch of oriental and mideval inspired outfits and elements to then pour an unhealthy dose of utter fail on top of it. Stir, blend some more and Hirokin is the result. Even the interludes of two human opportunists hanging out at Griffin’s base, who where clearly ment to be the comical note, were a blatant rip of Pirate of the Caribbean‘s Pintel and Ragetti. Even those characters had to be copied from somewhere else, it’s _that_ bad.

The only thing that isn’t hopeless about this movie is the actual acting, and it is still beyond me how they managed to convince this cast to star in this particular example of fail cinematography.

To be honest I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, and if we still used the old Gatehouse Gazette gears system on the blog, I’d give it half a gear out of the five for the acting effort the actors put in.

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