I felt like I’d already seen this film and, in some ways, it’s actually true. Looking at the “references” list at the IMDB we get this:
- The Painted Desert (1931)
- The Lone Ranger (1938)
- Citizen Kane (1941)
- Vertigo (1958)
- Peeping Tom (1960)
- The Hustler (1961)
- Samouraï, Le (1967)
- In Cold Blood (1967)
- C’era una volta il West (1968)
- The Godfather (1972)
- Kozure Ôkami: Kowokashi udekashi tsukamatsuru (1972)
- Paper Moon (1973)
- The Godfather: Part II (1974)
- The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976)
- The Verdict (1982)
- Honkytonk Man (1982)
- The Untouchables (1987)
- Big (1988)
- Miller’s Crossing (1990)
- Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
- Unforgiven (1992)
- Pulp Fiction (1994)
- The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
- Léon (1994)
- Se7en (1995)
- Saving Private Ryan (1998)
- The Boondock Saints (1999)
- American Beauty (1999)
Of that list, I’ve only not seen the bolded films. Everything else I’ve seen and several films on the above list are personal favorites. Someone buy me a medal!
Anyway, even more than that, this film is based on a graphic novel, which in turn was based on the greatest comic series of all time, the seminal manga series Lone Wolf and Cub, by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima. I’m a complete nerd for Lone Wolf and Cub.
So… suffice it to say I wasn’t overly impressed with this film. It’s okay and if I hadn’t seen a couple dozen films that feed it I might have liked it a little more.
I’ve got nothing else to say on this one.