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Incredible Show of Martial Skill
on 25 July 2006
Do not go to see this film if you expect to see a story. There is hardly any plot, people randomly meet, by the merest of coincidences, and the acting isn't world class. But this is a stunning film showing off the incredible skills of Muay Thai practitioner Tony Jaa.
He is amazing, showing breathtaking ability. Basically, what has been done is this; a loose, rather average film was created, and then the director made as many opportunities as possible for Jaa too fight someone or other, to jump and leap around, defying gravity and other outdated scientific theories!
If you forget about the story, this is like a very well done documentary about Jaa's Thai kickboxing skills, with razor-sharp elbows and high-flying knees. I mean, it even has instant replay's showing exactly how Jaa managed to perform each of his particularly amazing moves!
Words cannot explain just how good this man is at his art, and I'd have to say that, for a martial arts movie, this deserves top marks. But, of course, this is missing somethinng, and it is a story. As I stated before, forget about the film's script, it is Tony Jaa's immense moves and physical abilities you are watching this for.
Remember while you watch this, and you have heard it before: there are no special effects here, Tony Jaa actually does these things! He leaps cars, flips between two closely standing glass (maybe) panes without touching them, climbs trees and fights drug-riddled bodyguards! Truly, his ability is superb, watch this if you are interested in seeing one the greatest martial artists in cinema, but do not expect an amazing story.