Starring: Henry Golding, Andrew Koji, Peter Mensah, Úrsula Corberó, Samara Weaving, Haruka Abe Takehiro Hira, Iko Uwais
OUR RATING: ★★☆☆☆
Action adventure fantasy directed by Robert Schwentke. Snake Eyes (2021) centers on a lone fighter (Henry Golding) who is welcomed into an ancient Japanese ninja clan called the Arashikage, after saving the life of their heir apparent. The Arashikage teach him the ways of the ninja warrior while also providing something he’s been longing for, a home. But soon he finds his loyalties tested when secrets from his past are revealed, as he eventually goes on the path to become the hero known as “Snake Eyes”.
Our Favorite Quotes:
Kenta: They call you Snake Eyes, and yet you always win. Of course, your technique is a bit crude, but that has its advantages. I’ve been watching you for a while now.
Snake Eyes: That ain’t creepy at all.
Kenta: I could use a man like you.
Snake Eyes: Ain’t nothing personal, but I don’t work for guys like you. Or anyone, for that matter.
Kenta: I know. You are a drifter. You fight until no one will bet against you anymore and then move on.
Snake Eyes: Works for me.
Kenta: They said you watched your old man get killed when you were just a boy. True? I like to know who I’m hiring.
Snake Eyes: I told you, I ain’t interested. You got the wrong guy.
Kenta: You haven’t heard my offer yet.
Snake Eyes: I don’t care.
Tommy: [to Snake Eyes] I don’t know what your deal is, but you have guts.
Tommy: Hey! Fish Boy.
Snake Eyes: What’s going on?
Tommy: Boss wants to talk to you.
Snake Eyes: Am I in trouble?
Tommy: Someone is.
Yasuzo: We operate on one currency. Not money. Not fear. Just one simple thing. Trust. See, because without trust, there can be no loyalty. And without loyalty, there is no yakuza.
Kenta: My cousin here is one of Japan’s most powerful sons.
Tommy: And you are one of its most disgraced.
Kenta: This man betrayed our trust. He’s an undercover spy, acting out of loyalty to his precious clan. Let’s show him what loyalty really looks like.
[give his gun to Snake Eyes]
Tommy: [as Snake Eyes points the gun at Tommy] This is a mistake.
Kenta: Everything we want in life comes at a price. Now do it.
[Snake eyes shoots away from Storm Shadow]
Kenta: That’s disappointing.
Tommy: We are going home.
Snake Eyes: I don’t have a home.
Tommy: Not yours. Mine.
Tommy: I owe you a blood debt. You saved my life. Why?
Snake Eyes: I’m not a murderer. I looked into your eyes, and I saw honor.
Snake Eyes: What is it exactly you do?
Tommy: A little of this, a little of that.
Sen: The man who saved my grandson’s life. We Arashikage are in your debt, which means Japan is in your debt.
Snake Eyes: Don’t worry about it. I’ll settle for a hot bath and a plane ticket out of here.
Tommy: I have a better idea. Stay. I want you to join us. Join the Arashikage.
Tommy: [referring to Snake Eyes] I will need a warrior like this by my side. Someone I can trust with my life. For six hundred years, our ninja have brought peace and stability to Japan. The secret blade and iron wall of every government since the age of Edo. But things have changed. New threats call for new strategies. Even welcoming outsiders, as you, of all of us, should know, Akiko.
Tommy: Any questions we have about our new friend, the Three Challenges of the Warrior will answer them.
Sen: And will he submit to the challenges?
Tommy: He will.
Snake Eyes: I’m sorry, the Three Challenges of the what now?
Tommy: The Three Challenges are designed to reveal an applicant’s character. The first two will cleanse you of ego, anger, and fear, and ready you for the third. That’s the true test. It will be up to you whether you wish to take it.
Snake Eyes: What if I fail?
Tommy: You die.
Snake Eyes: You’re being serious.
Tommy: I wouldn’t put you in that position if I thought it was likely.
Tommy: I can’t give you a name, or a past, but I can offer you a purpose. And something more important. A home.
Snake Eyes: And why would you do that?
Tommy: Because I saw honor in your eyes too.
Tommy: In the meantime, consider my home your home.
Snake Eyes: So your toys, my toys, huh?
Tommy: How American.
Tommy: You’ll need to get farther faster. We don’t have much time. The Arashikage are more than just brute force. We are spies, scouts, guardians, infiltrators. You will be tested, you will be hurt, you will suffer, and you will fail. But the hardest part will be listening to you complain about it.
Akiko: This stray dog of yours is a ghost.
Tommy: I’m not scared of ghosts.
Tommy: You think I would endanger this clan? I am this clan.
Akiko: Tommy-san, I wasn’t questioning your loyalty.
Tommy: Just my judgment. He saved my life, Akiko. I owe him this chance.
Akiko: I understand it. I’m just worried you’re moving too fast.
Tommy: “Too quick to anger, too quick to react.” Now you sound like Grandmother.
Tommy: If I’m wrong about him, we’ll find out tomorrow.
Akiko: Eighty percent of candidates fail the first challenge. Just saying.
Tommy: Well, that means twenty percent pass, Akiko. Just saying.
Tommy: Abandon ego. Strike with honor. Selflessness and truthfulness will lead to harmony.
Sen: Any questions?
Snake Eyes: What happens…
Hard Master: Silence! You are nothing.
Hard Master: This challenge is a waste of time. You will fail.
Snake Eyes: Okay, Hard-on Master, or whatever your name is. Let’s go.
Snake Eyes: You hide it well, but I can tell you’re a little impressed with me.
Akiko: What I think of you is irrelevant. You’ll survive the third test, or you won’t. Then it won’t matter at all.
Blind Master: To Tommy, our future toryo. May you be strong, wise and honorable.
Hard Master: To Snake Eyes. May you die well.
Tommy: [to Snake Eyes] I am the last of the Arashikage bloodline. Ever since I was a child, I’ve been groomed to lead. This is my destiny. But if I’m to lead the clan into the next hundred years, I have to adapt. We have to adapt. I need warriors like you, who have lived in and know the new world but can master the Arashikage Mindset, to become the future of the clan and fight side by side as brothers.
Snake Eyes: Why is Hard Master staring at me like that?
Akiko: He isn’t. He is very near-sighted. The Blind Master, on the other hand, he is watching you. They say he knows a liar when he hears one.
Kenta: [referring to Tommy] You earned his trust. You got in. By the way, how did he like, “I looked into your eyes and saw honor?”
Snake Eyes: He ate it up.
Kenta: I knew he would.
Tommy: We have the power to destroy anyone who wrongs us, but that is a dangerous temptation. True power calls for discipline.