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Worth watching for Jaa's fight scenes,
This review is from: Warrior King [DVD] (DVD)
I bought Warrior King after being blown away watching Ong-Bak. Tony Jaa is quite something but unfortunately even he cannot save this film from mediocrity with his performance. The plot is similar to Ong-Bak, only this time a peaceful Thai boys elephants are stolen so he heads for Sydney to get them back. In Ong-Bak the simplistic plot was just an excuse for some spectacular fight scenes which is also the case here, but unfortunately the script is so bad that it becomes difficult viewing pretty early on.
The tubby sidekick from Ong-Bak returns as, you guessed it, a tubby sidekick. In Ong-bak he was mildly amusing but he struggles with English lines in Warrior King, speaking Thai only half the time for some reason. This isn't his fault but the directors. I don't know why because his English is so bad you can't take him seriously. Similarly, the pointless news breaks are read in broken English. The whole trip to Australia was a pointless attempt to Westernise the brilliant Ong-Bak. It would have been far better to keep the tale within Thailand and keep the script in Thai. That said, the action is what most people will watch this for. Jaa throws himself into some ever impressive scraps, breaking bones in his own spectacular and brutal way. The stunts are unbeliveable and Jaa rescues this from being rubbish. With better direction, this could have been a belter.
Like this? Try: Ong-Bak