For all the epic visuals and phenomenal production design, Edward Zwick's 19th-century drama of a disillusioned American war hero who finds redemption in the way of the samurai is an honorable film hamstrung by Hollywood conventions. 1876: Captain Nathan Algren (Tom Cruise) is a drunken ruin of the war hero he once was, haunted by his part in the slaughter of innocent Native Americans and reduced to shilling for the Winchester rifle company. An old army buddy, Zebulon Gant (Billy Connolly), approaches him about a better gig. The Japanese government is hiring American military experts to train the imperial army in the ways of modern warfare, and paying handsomely. Des...