Kane Madison is an architect who works in Los Angeles while his doppelganger-like spirit, an eighteenth century Ronin, wanders a parallel netherworld of masked demons and Japanese swordsmen. When tragedy strikes, Kane embarks on a journey of faith, which prompts the Ronin to seek out his true master in the spirit world. Both will face many battles along their interweaving roads to peace.
“Masterless” is an allegorical film that features plenty of action and fighting in the spirit of the Samurai Warrior, along with real-life drama. The story focuses on Kane Madison (Adam LaVorgna), who is facing serious stress issues with his sick wife. Then, added to this difficulty, he’s suddenly laid off at work. His wife is a Christian and wants him to trust God, but he strongly resists her faith. Her faith is the only issue he and his loving wife have. In every other aspect, they enjoy an idyllic marriage.
The movie is very visual, with scenes of a masked “Dark Lord” called Ronin, who is pursuing Kane. These scenes with Ronan return whenever Kane is enduring stress and must make decisions. The sword fights and the idea of the good versus evil that takes place in a black and white tinted world seem to suggest the spiritual warfare going on for Kane’s soul. He speaks with his wife’s priest but is not ready to make a commitment to God.
When things take a turn for the worse, regarding his wife, Kane has to decide which side he is going to take. He reads aloud from Psalm 143:12, in which the writer pleads with God, for His name’s sake, to preserve his life and, in His unfailing love, to silence his enemies.
The film includes a few romantic scenes between Kane and his wife and plenty of action sequences. We award this movie our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12-plus, due to some violent scenes, including death by sword. Fortunately, the film has no bloody scenes, and the scenes are not gratuitous.