When he reviewed the film for us at this year’s South by Southwest Film Festival, our own master of pessimism Rob Hunter — probably one of the most discerning writers on our staff — called Ong Bak 2 the “single most exhilarating, jaw-dropping, and ball-tingling action movie ever made. Period.” (Read Rob’s complete review here) That is no small feat, my friends. And as someone who also saw Ong Bak 2 at SXSW, I can attest to Rob’s hyperbole — this movie is an awesome spectacle of punches and kicks unlike anything you’ve seen in a long, long time.
Of course, the film does have its detractors — those who say that it was boring. And they’re right to a certain extent. The film did have a little much in the way of exposition, but I’ve been told since the SXSW screening that the film has been recut and now fits into a tighter package. So we’ll see. I am still very anxious to see some of these wicked fight scenes again. As for the trailer below, it is very par for the course. It shows of a small percentage of the action, builds up the grander scale of the film and spends too much time — much like the film — with Tony Jaa conquering a pack of wild elephants. Overall, it hopes to get you interested. As do we, as 4 out of 5 FSR staffers who saw this movie at SXSW enjoyed it. Take that for what it’s worth.
Ong Bak 2 will debut on VOD September 25th and make its way into theaters in limited release on October 23, 2009. Check out the trailer below, followed by the official synopsis. You can also check out the trailer in HD over at Apple.
Martial arts superstar Tony Jaa stars in and directs this epic tale of revenge set hundreds of years in the past. Featuring a huge cast and hordes of elephants, this prequel takes Jaa’s skills to the next level, showcasing him as a master of a wide range of martial arts styles – while proving him to be a promising director as well.