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Bangkok Dangerous  [US Import] [Blu-ray] [Region A]
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As a hired assassin, Joe (Nicolas Cage) is the best in the business, but the years of stone-cold murder have taken their toll. Joe's plan to make this current assignment in Bangkok his last takes a wild turn when he violates one of the most important rules of the game. Now the hunter is the hunted in this hard-driving, action-packed thriller.
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'Joe' is a highly efficient 'hit-man' who leaves nothing to chance, he covers his tracks leaving no evidence behind that would lead back to him including any human contact he may have had.
He accepts a series of hits in 'Bangkok' when there he sets up his normal line of communication with the people paying for his services.
But..does he let his guard down when he puts his set up in place ?
The hunter becomes the hunted in this role that in my view see's 'Nicholas Cage' in the type of role that best suits his acting prowess.
I loved the film and found it hugely entertaining, certainly worth at least a watch.
The HD quality is perhaps not the best you'll see.
1. Nicolas Cage plays a hit man named Joe
2. Poor Joe - he has to go through the whole movie with Cage's bad hairstyle
3. Joe has rules that make him the best in the hit man business
4. People depend on Joe to do his job, get paid, and disappear.
5. We often wish that 4. above would apply to Cage also
6. Joe heads to Bangkok for a four-hitter for a man named Surat.
7. One night in Bangkok makes a hard man humble as he decides to break his own rules
8. Some rules aren't meant to be broken
9. Best ending for Cage in recent times.
This movie is about a hit man with an extremely high achievement rating. He owes his success to his personal set of rules, which don't allow for friends, relationships, loose ends or sticking around in the business for too long.
For some inexplicable reason, Joe decides to deviate from the rules while on duty in Bangkok, and finds himself in all sorts of trouble.
Cage does a pretty good job as the heroin-using, dour hit man, once you can get past what appears to be a dead animal splayed out on his head and down his neck. The real star however is the scene stealing Shahkrit Yamnarm as his disposable sidekick Kong.
Action wise the movie is okay, except for the scenes shot in blue and red lighting where you can't really see what's going on. The romantic parts are sweet at first, but the sight of Cage doing goo-goo eyes may be upsetting to some viewers. The plot requires as little thought as possible, as it doesn't really make much sense.
Recommended for fans of action-crime movies, and people with a morbid fascination for Cage's hairstyles.
Rated: 3.5 stars
The DVD also includes a less convincing happier ending along with a what-a-great-time-we-all-had making of featurette.
That's pretty much it as regards plotting. The Pang's bring much visual style to the picture, and show themselves to be adept at action sequences, but it all feels so familiar. Action movies are rarely going to bring new stuff to the table, they often, as is the case here, are kinetic popcorn pictures missing some emotional depth to marry up with the carnage. Thus this is not a film to be sought out by any action fiends looking for something new to add to their collections. As it happens Cage is fine and broody, managing to blend hard machismo with vulnerable traits. He, and the filmic style make it above average, even if ultimately it's instantly forgettable afterwards. 6/10
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