Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (2000)
April 30, 2011 by 2 Comments
One of the most intriguing dramas that I have ever watched is the 2000 Movie, “Ghost Dog: The Legend of the Samurai. Actor, Forest Whitaker, is the “Ghost Dog,” who glides throughout the movie as a “Retainer,” who lives in the city’s ghetto section. While obeying the rules in a book that describes the Samurai’s way, Whitaker’s character gains insight while becoming proficient in the sword, electronics and silencers. Accompanying Whitaker in this unique movie is the Actor, John Tormey, as Louie, a convincing scared man who Ghost Dog’s see as his Samurai Master. Louie is obligated to his close Mafia ties.Ghost Dog is sent to perform a simple hit for Louis. However, details are mixed up and now This Samurai must now face the fact this his unknowing mistake will now cost him to be on the mob hit list as well. Since Ghost Dog, believes in the rules of the Samurai, he doesn't panic in his fate, he moves along the storyline making his own choices without the consultation of his Master.The film making is intricate with scenes of roof tops that exhibit pure escapisms or envy of humans who are unable to fly like a bird. The background rap music sets the tone of the entire juncture of Ghost Dog’s journey.Even though this movie was a serious drama, there were scenes that were truly funny. For instance, who know that the Mafia really loves to watch old cartoons? Furthermore, the scene in which Louie tries to describe how he gets in contact with Ghost Dog via Carrier Pigeon is priceless.I really enjoyed this movie because it was fresh and not predictable in its screenplay. The film is slow, but not too slow to lose your attention. While watching this film I kept waiting to see what was going to happen next. When I give a review of a movie, I like to place my ranking based on ticket stubs. If I really like a movie, I will save the ticket stub; if I don’t it gets tossed. So, based on a scale of 1 to 5 stubs with 5 being exceptional, I would give this movie a 4. The reason why I state this is because it lacked in the storyline an explanation of why Ghost Dog’s early existence as a member of society. If you decide to see this move, make sure that you don’t look away from this film, the twist and turns in the formable movie are too important to miss.