Elephant White is an interesting yet at times
clichéd action thriller that stars Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond)
and Kevin Bacon (Mystic River) in a film directed by Prachva Pinkaew (Ong Bak) so you can pretty much
guarantee that there will be plenty of action.
The story revolves around
mercenary named Church (Djimon Hounsou), a professional killer who has
been hired by a father whose daughter has been kidnapped and murdered by
a vicious Thai sex-trafficking gang. Needless to say, this doesn't sit
too well for Church.
With the help of Jimmy the Brit
(Kevin Bacon), a weapons dealer, he leads Church directly to the killers
which causes him to fall into in the middle of two warring gangs. As
Church investigates, he soon discovers that there were may have been
ulterior motives behind his job and given these facts, our shoot first,
ask questions later anti-hero goes on the warpath in classic Pinkaew
The star of Elephant
White is Hounsou who really creates a very realistic and powerful
character that really makes you want to support him in his extermination
of these vile gangs who run the underground sex trafficking of young
girls. Bacon is equally impressive as Jimmy the Brit from his perfect
characterisation of this British weapons dealer who appears to be only
in it for the money.
On Blu-ray, both the video and
audio quality is stunning which boasts sharp images, vibrant colours and
larger than life sounds. The director makes good use of the surround
sound system so when the action commences, your lounge room is soon
turned into a fighting ring with sounds of punches and guns blazing.
There was some artifacting but for the majority, the quality is quite
In the end, I actually
enjoyed this action romp that surprisingly contained a powerful fact behind
its story with that of the heinous sex trade in Asian and Eastern Europe. As Church went on his
hunting spree, you really do get caught up in his bloodlust as the
emotions of the girls were so real. This may not be another Ong Bak but
when it comes to action, it's definitely up there.
Check it out!