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An extremely entertaining incoherent mess!,
This review is from: Warrior King [DVD] (DVD)
While the fights in this follow up to Ong Bak are for the most part as awe inspiring as its predecessor the rest of the movie doesn't live up to expectations. The plot is laughable and pretty much exactly the same as Ong Bak; elephants go missing from town so Tony Jaa is sent to big city (this time Sydney) to bring them back. A big problem with this film is that the makers have made the same mistake I've seen in numerous other modern Asian films which is to try and incorporate English dialogue to make it more accessible to the international audience. This unfortunately means you get English speaking actors who can't act to save their lives and Thai actors concentrating more on speaking properly than giving a decent performance. Luckily the fights scenes save this movie from being a complete failure though. They are some of the best you'll see today and highlights are a fight in a warehouse against a gang of skaters and a beautifully shot single take fight up 3 floors.
Usually when I watch an action movie I don't expect much from the whole plot/acting side of things but when it starts to interrupt the whole enjoyment of the movie I find it hard to be forgiving. So to conclude this is an incoherent mess with an absurd plot and poor acting but some bloody good action. Although Tony Jaa is still a long way off of Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li status in terms of screen presence, his martial arts skills are some of the best and most entertaining you'll see today.