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Ong Bak 2 (2009)

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Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 35

It suffers from comparisons to its predecessor -- not to mention Tony Jaa's less-than-nimble direction -- but Ong Bak 2 has all the extravagant violence and playful style that fans of the original will expect.

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Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 16
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 7

It suffers from comparisons to its predecessor -- not to mention Tony Jaa's less-than-nimble direction -- but Ong Bak 2 has all the extravagant violence and playful style that fans of the original will expect.

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Muay Thai martial arts master Tony Jaa returns to deliver a bone-breaking barrage of knees and elbows in this action opus that finds the star not only delivering blows in front of the camera, but calling the shots behind it as well. Despite the title's indication of this film as a sequel to 2003's Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, this movie has no narrative connection to the events of the earlier work, despite the fact that both films star Jaa. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Art House & International, Action & Adventure

Panna Rittikrai

Feb 2, 2010

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All Critics (67) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (35) | DVD (5)

Ong Bak 2 is really just an excuse for several jaw-dropping set pieces that show off Jaa's killing skills.

November 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Comment (1)
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Jaa, who co-directs, has only one thing in mind: a series of increasingly complex fight scenes in his characteristically wide-ranging style. If movie theaters allowed you to fast-forward past the filler, your life just might be complete.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Bears virtually no connection to the original.

October 23, 2009 | Comment (1)
New York Times
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Taking co-directorial reins with Panna Rittikrai, Jaa has erected a portentous platform for his high-flying athleticism, bearing none of the freewheeling spirit or humor that made his feature debut a guiltless pleasure.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post | Comment (1)
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There isn't much of a plot, although Jaa's fans won't mind a bit. All they want is lots of bloody, muddy action in the Thai jungles, which they get.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (2)
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Tony Jaa is a lot of fun to watch, but Ong Bak 2: The Beginning is not only a step back in time -- to 1431 -- but a step back in this martial artist's international film career.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comments (3)
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It was epic action, I will admit, but that doesn't mean that the writers should give up on the rest of the film completely.

July 21, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Let me be blunt - Ong Bak 2 is an incoherent mess...[Yet is] awesome, stupid, incoherent fun.

September 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Filmfest
Filmfest

A mix of martial arts, which includes Muay Thai, kung fu and Samurai swordplay, that was Jaa's inspiration for making the movie in the first place.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

The 'sequel' to Jaa's stunning international debut, Ong-Bak, and his third international outing after the entertaining The Protector, but it contains only a fraction of the previous two's joyful invention.

February 23, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

... the lack of any dramatic center leaves the action, for all its bloody carnage and brutality, emotionally untethered: all spectacle and no character.

February 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Seanax.com
Seanax.com

Delivers Jaa's most intense and impressive fighting action yet but a complex and underdeveloped plot and fractured, non-engaging direction leaves much to be desired.

February 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Kung Fu Cinema

We knew Jaa could bust heads; now he's just busting our balls.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Stretched to nearly two full hours and deploying a seemingly endless array of flashbacks sequences, it becomes almost impossible to follow for more than a few minutes at a time and Jaa's utterly charm-free performance doesn't make things any easier.

November 13, 2009 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
eFilmCritic.com

You can only get so mad at a movie in which a large crowd cheers and the lone subtitle reads "Hooray." With a period.

November 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Oregonian | Comment (1)
Oregonian

Lovely to look at by small degrees, but a mud-spattered mess of a movie overall.

November 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

It's an incoherent, would-be martial-arts epic with only a handful of action sequences in its favor.

November 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Comments (2)
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

The action bits make you feel like you've had pure adrenaline pumped into you, but the attention to artistic detail... is like something you'd expect from a Hollywood epic...

October 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Moaning about the overlong, sloppily told story seems petty nitpicking when all I really want to see is Tony Jaa doing what he does best - beating the tar out of people, and we get that in spades in Ong Bak 2.

October 25, 2009 Full Review Source: TheDivaReview.com
TheDivaReview.com

I could have enjoyed the film if it didn't present itself as some kind of self-important epic, which only makes the ridiculous dialogue and hackneyed plot stand out.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comments (2)
Combustible Celluloid

Boring and insipid are words I never planned on hearing myself say when describing a Tony Jaa film, but I guess there's a first for everything.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times | Comments (2)
Watertown Daily Times

Audience Reviews for Ong Bak 2

What can I say about this sequel, its actually very good surprisingly, nice idea and well made. Lets just get this straight, this sequel has nothing to do with the original film a tall but its just as good if not a little better than the original film.

This film is set in feudal Siam with a young boy (Jaa) being raised by a group of elite warrior bandits after his parents have been killed and he was captured by slave traders. So again the plot is very basic and revolves around revenge as usual, the film also tends to show Jaa doing his thing all over again accept this time set in ancient times and this time it looks even better.

The various forms of martial arts on display whilst a young Jaa trains and throughout the film is superb, a real MMA film straight out of the wild East. The action sequences are a joy to watch with flashes of colour, blood, fantasy and legend fused with various forms of combat, this film really does put some major Hollywood action films to shame.

Everyone and everything looks highly realistic from sets, hair styles and costumes to weapons and the beautiful locations in native Thailand. Really strong start to the film with a good intro of the warrior assassins but admittedly the film does lose its powerful grip near the end with its rather odd ending due to problems on set during the making.

A glorious mystical feel runs through this film combining genuine history with a lovely dash of artistic license :)
January 18, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

A brilliant and spectacular martial arts epic that totally blows you away. Tony Jaa tears up the screen once again in the leading role and behind the camera crafting a bold, ferocious and earth-shattering adventure. It's packed with some the most amazing and depth-defying action sequences ever put on film and has one of the greatest final martial arts sequences ever put on film. An incredible and near perfect film. A dazzling and pule-pounding action-packed extravaganza that roars across the screen.
June 6, 2011
allan913

Super Reviewer

The young son of a general assassinated during a coup is taken in by a band of warrior thieves and learns the way of martial arts to seek his revenge. The original Ong Bak was a frenetic martial arts fest with little plot to back it up but shored up by the impressive athletic skill of its star Tony Jaa, and this sequel doesn't stray too far from that formula. The medieval setting means that some equally impressive swordplay can be thrown into the mix and both the opening and final action sequences are very impressive indeed. Unfortunately the only filling to this flurry of limbs and blades is the usual "you killed my mum and dad and have taken a fancy to my bird" flashback and the plot and characterisation goes literally no further than that. It's a very pretty film having some attractive costume design, beautiful locations and pleasing cinematography and I'm sure that it looks superb for the trailers; but that's all it is. A 90 minute long trailer. Add the fact that the "ending" is basically a two line voice over featuring the most feeble and tenuous link to the original film I have EVER witnessed in a sequel it's only entertaining on the most superficial of levels.
April 6, 2011
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considerably better than the first. the action was solid, this film stayed away from the contrived stunts that we saw in the first, and the story, direction, editing, and atmosphere of the film was a huge step up. knowing that jaa, a supremely gifted martial artist, has been making better and better films so far with each effort is very encouraging. the period piece option was a solid choice for this film, and it was great to see jaa branch out into other forms of martial arts.
February 3, 2011
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