on 30 April 2014
The opening shows Kham (Tony Jaa) teaching martial arts based on the elephant called Khock hararn or Khodchasam. In the end he uses Jaturongkabaat, so I wasn't sure what the whole point was. Thailand has just broken out in peace to the dismay of arms dealer LC (Rza) who plans on doing something about it....something that involuntarily involves Kham and his brother, the elephant...although don't accuse his dad of having slept with an elephant.
The movie is filled with action and has very little drama filler outside of what is needed for the story. There is an extensive rooftop fight involving motorcycles/scooters as well as Kham being chased by every cycle in Bangkok. There are CG explosions, some more impossible than others. It includes some good grindhouse metal music and light saber noises in one of the fights.
The film looks like it was made for 3D in many scenes. There is some eye candy with fighter number 20 (Rhatha Phongam). The film starts out with subplots, but does come together. It has subtitles, except at the end during the credits when they run outtakes.
When Raz spoke English they include English subscripts. Sometimes they wrote the profanity, other time they omitted or changed it to "butt." I guess creating subtitles is a complex process like sausage making...you just don't want to know.
Enjoy the action. Try not to think too hard.
Parental Guide: F-bomb. near sex. no nudity.
on 4 June 2014
This review will not be pleasing to die hard "Ong Bak 1" fans.
Just seen this Protector 2 movie. Total crap. Everyone knows the storyline in this film will be lame & weak.
It is the martial arts action that the world wants to see from the 'once upon a time fantastic' Tony Jaa.
Man!! What happened to Tony? Maybe old age has caught up
with him. The martial arts he showed in this film was really mediocre and lame.
I remembered the action scenes in his earilier film "Ong Bak 1".
The stunts and martial arts skills he beautifully showed to the world was AMAZING in that earlier film.
I was totally shocked by the low level of martial art choreography shown in this 'Protector 2'; it was pathetic; it was lacking in strength, imagination and grittiness which was so marvelously abundant in 'Ong Bak 1', the ground-breaking film that brought world recognition and acclaim to Tony Jaa.
Avoid this 'Protector 2' at all costs, or rent it at best.
The Tony Jaa now is NOT the same Tony Jaa in 'Ong Bak 1' ; it's like comparing a 20 yr old to a 45 yr old Mike Tyson. Period.