Ong Bak 2 DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 7.9
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features 6.0
Total 7.8
Distributor: Madman
Classification: MA15+
Minutes: 94 minutes
Reviewer: Ted Giffen

7.8


Ong Bak 2

Ong Bak 2 stars Tony Jaa, martial artist extraordinaire and even though it almost plays like an Asian film made for the West, it actually delivers in some areas and fails at others. A sequel to the original film, Ong Bak 2 is set in ancient Thailand, more specifically during the early 1400's and opens with a great scene of a man and a young boy fleeing from an inevitable evil.

This evil is unfortunately the monarchy of the day and age and for some reason, they wish to have Tien, the young boy enslaved. Eventually Tien enrages his captors and in an almost comedic scene, he is thrown into a pit of crocodiles where he must fight for his.

Thankfully he is saved by Chernang, an outlaw who seems more Robin Hood than Ned Kelly and over the years, he trains Tien to become a powerful warrior which is where Tony Jaa comes into the picture. This of course leads Tien on a mission of revenge through some wonderful choreographed fight scenes and amazing cinematography.

In terms of story, Ong Bak 2 is a little convoluted at times and some plot lines and scenes are not fully explored which is a shame because the action is definitely up there with the best of them.

You might be thinking where does this fit with the original movie? Ong Bak 2 is basically a  prequel. Although not as good as the original (slightly), the fighting and spectacular stunts is thoroughly impressive, especially the scene where Tien is running across the backs of Elephants. The martial arts choreography is also quite unparalleled and this is what martial art movies should be about, not CGI but real-life action.

With decent video and audio quality, Ong Bak 2 is definitely a cinematic movie experience and if you're after a martial art film that you can sit back, relax and watch with a bucket of popcorn, than Ong Bak 2 is for you. However if you are after a more story driven tale that makes sense, than unfortunately Ong Bak 2 is a little misguided in this aspect which is a shame.

I still enjoyed it and I fear most others will as well!

DVD Special Features

Behind The Scenes
Cast and crew interviews
Original theatrical trailers






 
 



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