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It's a great film. It's not from hollywood. hands up if you're not suprised.,
This review is from: Ong Bak (2 Disc Special Collector's Edition) [DVD]  (DVD)If you're into your martial arts or martial arts movies you'll be hard pushed to find much wrong with this one. It builds up quite quickly into one of the most delightful frennetic and inspiring films of it's kind. You know from the start there are no wires camera tricks or CGI and that just makes this all the more impressive. That combines with the knowlage that every punch, kick, knee and elbow makes contact to make you wonder how they could afford so many extras.
But what I like most about this is it doesn't feel quite like any other martial arts movie I've ever seen before. Comparisons of Tony Jaar to Bruce Lee, Jacky Chan and Jet Li, though inevitable, somehow seem to miss the point. Though they are all outstanding martial arts masters, Jaars character seems more relatable to a western audiance. Less toung in cheek than Chan, but not so overly serious as Lee. He gives a fairly well rounded performance. As well as kicking seven bells out of most of the rest of the cast.
The other touch of genious is the films pacing. While many martial arts films rely on increasingly elaborate settings to bring a sensce of exitement to later parts of the movie this one begins more with a desplay of Jaars acrobatics and dexterity which is wonderfully choreographed and highly entertaining. It slowly moves into fight scenes but these are short to begin with and you only feel like you've gotten a real idea of what he might be capable of about half or even two thirds of the film. The end result of which you never suffer from fight fatigue or wish they would get on with it already. another added bonus of which is it NEVER feels stale or contrived.
This one has gone straight to the top of my action movie list. cringe-makingly brutal at times but engaging and so very watchable. It's not as pretty as some of its chop soki counterparts but it has that rare thing in movies today. Class through and through. If you havn't seen this yet, stop reading and get it.