Ninjas vs Monsters (2012) **1/2
D: Justin Timpane
C: Daniel Ross, Cory Okouchi, Jay Saunders, Devon Brookshire, P.J. Megaw, Dan Guy, Carla Okouchi, Jasmine Guillermo
P: The ninjas team up for one final battle against all the classic movie monsters (Frankenstein, The Mummy, Dracula & The Wolfman) for the fate of the planet.
Ninjas vs Monsters is one of those films I can admire from a professional standpoint. Taking into consideration the film's budget, the people behind this last chapter of the Ninjas vs trilogy really went for it. Ninjas vs Monsters is an ambitious effort. Director Justin Timpane made sure to get plenty of bang for his buck. In all honesty, sitting there, watching the film, I tried to wrap my head around how they got so much done on such a tiny budget. At the end of the day though, I have to grade a film based on how successfully it entertained me and not just based on the film's overall ambition.
With that in mind, Ninjas vs Monsters is a satisfying, but slightly disappointing conclusion to the series. Whenever Daniel Ross (who is pretty much the entire show here) is on screen, Ninjas vs. Monsters comes alive with energy, humor & momentum, but the film's other scenes miss the mark. Too many of the film's action scenes are shot in closeup or there is just too many participants on screen and as a result what is happening on screen becomes incoherent.
Ninjas vs. Monsters also suffers in comparison to Ninjas vs. Vampires. Ninjas vs. Vampires, while obviously low budget, had an array of nifty villains outfitted in all kinds of crazy, but yet cool looking costumes. There was a certain unpredictability as to the abilities of each of the vampires that kept things fun & interesting throughout.
With Ninjas vs. Monsters, since the movie is centered around classic horror movie villains, there is only but so much that they can do with each of the film's villains. It's all too apparent as to how the film's proceedings are going to play out, because there is a certain expectation as to how these classic horror movie villains are going to be treated on screen. Ninjas vs. Vampires had a certain pizzazz to it, while Ninjas vs. Monsters comes across as stale at times.
Whenever Daniel Ross is on screen, Ninjas vs. Monsters feels fresh and has more of a spontaneous kind of quality to it that is missing in other parts of the movie. That fresh, spontaneous quality that Ross brings when he is on screen contrast against the film's shortcomings, make the film's flaws all the more apparent this go round. [Not Rated] 90 mins.
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