FIlm #317: ONG BAK 2: THE BEGINNING
Ong Bak 2: The Beginning
4 out of 5 stars
With a far more spiritual tone than the first ONG BAK film, Tony Jaa brings to the screen another insane display of Martial Arts ability & creates an instant classic. The plot can get a little wonky at times (in some cases downright incoherent) and there's nothing here that other films haven't covered before (it's basically a revenge film), but it is the level at which these martial artists work that defies the imagination. Well, that and their casual disregard for their own safety. On several occasions, my mouth was hanging open at how some of these guys weren't killed (although in the Special Features you see plenty of them being carried away on stretchers & cervical collars). There are some cultural things that some Westerners may not grasp, but that's a very small bone of contention. If you're a fan of Jaa's films or a fan of people like Prachya Pinkaew (CHOCOLATE), then you’ll dig this.