Working with a simple story (good versus evil), the script and direction make the movie, although they are helped in no little part by Tom Cruise and Ken Watanbe in the lead roles. Cruise handles his role well, he is a man in turmoil, on a downward path who finds peace with himself in the most unlikely of places. The underlying message of the movie is particularly prevalent during these times, remembering and honouring both where you come from, and differing cultures.
The battle scenes are violently gory, but with a purpose, and the final scenes moving. Only flaw is the very last scene which wasn’t needed and possibly dampened things, but all in all Mr.Cruise seems to be growing into an accomplished actor.