Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ong Bak 3

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Ong Bak 3 - 1 out of 5

The sequel to a sequel that was actually a prequel and can be summed up in one word that I will capitalize for emphasis: BORING!

I'm not the biggest fan of the first two films but they did provide some entertainment with their mindless action and kick-ass stunts. Star, writer and director Tony Jaa (who, with his long hair, still looks like Thailand's answer to Michael Jackson), along with his co-writer and director seemingly decided to take the franchise into newer, less exciting territory. Our hero from the last film, Tein, is back and must recover from a vicious beating he received and then seek his revenge. On paper, this sounds awesome because, let's face it, revenge stories are great but what actually happens is a terribly boring film that rewards the viewer with some weak action sequences way too few and far between--even worse, the film's climatic end battle between Tein and the laughable antagonist (seriously, try not to laugh at this guy when you watch this) is repetitive, formulaic and boring as all that happens is a lot of screaming, slapping and jumping. It seems Jaa decided that decent fight scenes needed to be replaced with meditation and amazing stunts needed to be replaced with long, long montages of Jaa dancing and doing Tai Chi.

I guess, if there's an upside to the movie, you get to see Tony Jaa sporting a wide variety of facial hair over a twenty minute period...it's sad to realize that this aspect is the only interesting thing of the film.

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