Ong Bak Movie Review ~ by Sam

Director: Prachya Pinkaew


Ting: Tony Jaa

The title “Ong-Bak” is referring to a stone Buddha head, which is what gives the main character a reason to go on a path of destruction. Someone steals Ong Bak and Tony Jaa, the main actor, needs to retrieve it before the yearly festival or else the village will be cursed. He doesn’t actually want to fight when he has the chance because it is seen as immoral in his village.

The full title is Ong Bak: The Thai warrior the movie as you can probably guess, is Thai made. Supposedly Taiwanese movies have a very particular style of direction and comedy, that can be found here, I guess.

Besides the quest to retrieve the Ong Bak the plot also contains a sub plot of a man who was originally from the village who over a complete story arch re-discovers his pride for his heritage. The main plot really just serves as a way to move from fight to fight and from chase to chase.

The action is handled extremely well. there is a genuine fight club in the movie which serves little other purpose than to add a few extra fights to the movie. The fight club is a location that is visited a few times, and like many great movies when you are done with a location destroy it. The final fight consists of the main character taking down three increasingly difficult enemies and the last completely destroys the entire club. Now that I think about it all of the locations are destroyed after using them, for the most part.

The Writer director also has a co star role and he also serves as the comedic relief. The director really showcases the action and the awesomeness of the protagonist. There is a chase through back alleys that represents this fact. The chase is hilarious as well as awesome, and really shows off the physical prowess and amazing jumping capabilities of the protagonist. I love how the director does the action. There is a little difference that makes a big difference; something amazing will happen, something so cool that you want to rewind it and watch it again and the movie beats me to it with instant replay’s from different angles and slow-motion, sometimes they show the same shot up to 6 times, the movie knows when something is so cool that you want to see it again.

This movie was great, low on plot content, but it was designed to be that. This a great martial arts action movie, that could have started a great f They attempted the franchise but it didn’t do so well. I have not yet seen the 3rd one and I’m not sure that I want to, seeing as the second one was so awful. 


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