Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - WEEK IN MOVIES -

8.45PM, GO! ★★★★

De­spite its breath­tak­ing show­piece skir­mishes, there is more to this Os­car-friendly epic than merely rolling out the bat­tles. Tom Cruise stars as a haunted Amer­i­can ex­sol­dier hired to train a new and mod­ernised Em­peror’s Army in 19th-cen­tury Ja­pan. Af­ter his cap­ture by a renegade Samu­rai war­lord (a stand-out Ken Watan­abe), al­le­giances change and a show­down be­tween cul­ture and progress looms. A big movie with a lit­tle some­thing al­ways up its sleeve.

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