Now I have seen many many martial arts flicks and seen sum of the legends, the unknown legends, and the occasional one hit wonders. Ong Bak 2 surprised the hell outta me and honestly I can see a person having an issue with the story but the fight scenes? All I can say is this man is beyond human.
First off, the story was ok but its something thats been done and seen before as Jaa doesn't have a team truly focusing on coming up with unique screenplays but setting their brain power more towards the innovative action. When you have an athlete like Jaa how could you not go bananas with your ideas. Now the story was so weak for me in a way I can't even totally remember what the hell it was about but I've seen and rewinded this film about 30 to 40 times if you get me.
In a nutshell Tien (Tony Jaa) was once a prince who's father who was king was overran and killed by a tyrant. Somehow during what seem to be a complete wipe out of the royal family Tien the very young prince got away with the protection of a brave guard. Tien makes his way for a long hard ride and ends up in pure hell when he finds himself in the mitts of a slave trader. Somehow the strong willed Tien is saved by a group of pirates and then trained in many martial arts to 1 day become the leader but nothing but the unexpected occurs.
Now I believe I have explained the story itself was ok but bores you at times as the original Ong Bak brought something simple but new to the table and it worked. Ong Bak 2 shows too little emotion with other characters and little character developed from the other characters.
I myself care little to none about DVD extras and commentary and all that but thats just me so I am reviewing the movie itself none of the other stuff. Ok now on to the action, Jaa took this films action to another level. In Ong Bak 2 he shows some new moves and then he has scenes where he uses everything from drunken thai boxing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9686MREeiY&feature=related) to chinese and japanese martial arts. There is also a scene towards the end of the film that has to go down in history as one of the greatest fights on film. I feel as if he has set a new bar with his new level of talent and does not disappoint with the action in this one. Its so hard to explain and describe, all I can say is the action itself sets this films worth to the grade I give it and is definitely worth seeing for the true martial arts fan.
If ever there was a film I was looking forward to, other than DRAG ME TO HELL, it was ONG-BAK 2. Tony Jaa's Muay Thai left no doubt in my mind that he was going to leave a long trail of great martial arts flix (and battered, mangled bodies) in his wake, and I was eagerly anticipating seeing everyone of them. And the reviews for the film were so encouraging that I felt certain that this was gonna be a good one. Yep. And then I saw it. And I found myself wondering … more
Some years have passed since the success of "Thai Warrior Ong-Bak" which launched action superstar Tony Jaa to superstardom and his follow up hit "Tom Yum Goong" (aka. The Protector). The much anticipated sequel to "Ong-Bak" had experienced quite a few obstacles during production. Tony Jaa was at its helm as writer and director but for some reason, stopped production until his mentor Patta Rittikrai came to finish the film. This sequel occurs in a different period … more