Ninjas vs. Monsters Movie Review
Written by Richelle Charkot
Written and directed by Justin Timpane
2013, 90 minutes, Not Rated
DVD released on February 3rd, 2015
Daniel Ross as Kyle
Cory Okouchi as Cole
Jay Saunders as Aaron
Devon Brookshire as Alex
P.J. Megaw as Eric
Dan Guy as Randall
It's difficult to give this film a fair review after watching it sober. Sober, this is a ridiculous, poorly acted, fairly uninteresting mess; but if I had some friends, a couple of beers in me and maybe tossed it onto the big screen, I'm positive that I would have had the time of my life. B-films can coast a long way on charm, which Ninjas vs. Monsters fairly effectively accomplishes, but without a rowdy crowd and/or some booze, and watching it alone on my laptop in the middle of the day, it's a difficult one to sit through beginning to end. This is a niche piece that is only suitable for the greatest lovers of bad-for-the-sake-of-bad movies, because anyone else will probably switch it off after the first Frankenstein one-liner.
The third and final installment in the Ninjas vs. series, this film follows a cast of heroic ninjas and their closest companions. They find themselves in the fight of their lives against all of the classic monsters we know and love, such as Frankenstein, Dracula, The Mummy, and The Werewolf to name a few. Between romantic entanglement and perfecting martial arts skills, the battle commences quickly and fiercely. For viewers, it is just a matter of keeping up.
Ninjas vs. Monsters is about as low budget and independent as a film can get. Featuring a cast of actors of which their real life friendship is palpable, this movie is nothing if not oddly heart-warming in its honesty. This is a group of people that set out to make a silly, cheese-filled action flick and to have fun while making it, and it is exactly what Ninjas vs. Monsters appears to be. Although the actors are sweet in their apparent companionship, their abilities in the craft are remarkably poor, but due to the nature of the film, it can hardly be marked as a discredit. The premise of the story is paper-thin if not absolutely non-existent, and merely a vehicle for staging outrageous fight sequences that last a long enough amount of time that it is right on the cusp of being tiring to behold. This is undoubtedly a movie to watch with friends and beer, and would be best received in a midnight screening at a licensed theatre than anywhere else where films are played. With that being said, it is difficult to hold any serious critique to a film that is so obviously trying to be as mindless as possible. For that, Ninjas vs. Monsters is an incredibly effective movie, not a good movie, but definitely accomplishes what it sets out to do.