The stunts and actions are bigger and louder this time around as Kham’s (Tony Jaa) loses his elephant again. Actually it’s stolen from him and he ends up in a fight club of sorts, run by L.C. (RZA).
But for the most part, the further along you get into the film, the less sense it makes, and the more they up the computer enhancements. And while most of the choreographed fights are full contact events, it just doesn’t have the same drive as some of Jaa’s earlier work. He still has a measure of appeal to be sure, but the further along the story went, the less involved I became in the story.
And honestly, stealing an elephant to use it in an assassination and governmental coup, that seems to be stretching all credulity and I have watched some pretty credibility straining stuff in my time.
Some of the earlier sequences are fun, the rooftop sequences with the bikes was highly enjoyable, but the further along the story went, the more outlandish some of the stuff got, until the final fight sequence just landed right in the middle of ludicrous-ville.
While I’m all for a mindless action movie to pass an evening, I do what at least a modicum of intelligence to the story and script, and this one didn’t have it. Which is too bad, because as I mentioned, Jaa is fairly likeable on-screen, so hopefully his next effort will be a little stronger.
If someone gave this guy the right script, and the right director… man!
All I can say that if you’re looking for a loud, fun martial arts films, maybe go with one of Jaa’s other offerings, because this one just doesn’t measure up to any of his other work.
I mean, a lot of it just ends up being laughable… I mean the scooter chase had me laughing out loud, and I don’t think that was intentional.
I think this may end up being my shortest review ever, and all I can think to say to you, is don’t bother with it. I watched it, so you don’t have to.
But, hey, I could be wrong… what did you think of it?