When an enigmatic drifter (Josh Hartnett) and an obsessive Japanese fighter (Gackt) make their way to a town run by cruel crime boss Nicola (Ron Perlman), the strangers combine their martial arts skills to take on the powerful crook in this visually innovative, genre-bending action film. But Nicola’s beautiful associate, Alexandra (Demi Moore), makes their mission even more dangerous. Woody Harrelson co-stars.
Certainly ambitious but in the end just another brain dead hybrid of superior influences. Much like the 'mashup' applied to music this film weaves in elements of various genre and visual style unsuccessful in finding its own voice. McKidd quite good here with Hartnett more than serviceable but pretty much everyone else is cast adrift. Dialogue often hokey and cliched and even the action seems overly contained. Miss.
The motivation to (re-)invent a new visual style is admirable but originality needs to apply to the story as well. In trying to be different, Moshe just ended up making more of the same old, same old.
Also: Mammuth, What’s Your Number?, Dream House and Buraku.