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Bangkok Dangerous (2008)



Average Rating: 3.4/10
Reviews Counted: 94
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 86

With murky cinematography, a meandering pace, a dull storyline, and rather wooden performances, The Pang Brothers' Hollywood remake of Bangkok Dangerous is unsuccessful.


Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 20
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 19

With murky cinematography, a meandering pace, a dull storyline, and rather wooden performances, The Pang Brothers' Hollywood remake of Bangkok Dangerous is unsuccessful.



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The life of an anonymous assassin takes an unexpected turn when he travels to Thailand to complete a series of contract killings. Joe a remorseless hitman, is in Bangkok to execute four enemies of a ruthless crime boss named Surat. He hires Kong, a street punk and pickpocket, to run errands for him with the intention of covering his tracks by killing him at the end of the assignment. Strangely, Joe, the ultimate lone wolf, instead finds himself mentoring the young man while simultaneously being

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While the film includes several exciting, creatively shot action scenes, the drama is otherwise so shopworn that the violent climax is a relief.

December 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Tediously monotonous.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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Cage is believable as the brooding lone-wolf gunman, but the "hit man screwing himself by growing a conscience on his final kill" ploy needs to be put down for good.

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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This is as stale as Tuesday's Phad Thai, from its exhausted mythos of the surgically efficient, omnipotent hit man to the training scenes in which Joe explains the trade to the new guy, to the inevitable betrayals of the third act.

September 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Awatchable, but dull action flick with not enough body count to satisfy the average mixed martial arts fanboy.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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There's a charming restaurant scene, some nifty hand-to-hand combat and the cast is great looking. But pretty much all the things that made the original so original are filtered out of this un-original.

September 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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A promising film about a hit man that ultimately gets wacked because its star isn't suited for the role at all.

October 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

At six foot plus, with his hair-plug mullet and his ice-white teeth, Cage sticks out like a sore thumb among the tiny Thai citizens, making for the most conspicuous hitman since Agent 47 rocked the bald head 'n' barcode combination.

October 14, 2012 Full Review Source:

This has the look of a cheap quickie foreign film, not unlike a Hong Kong action film.

March 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Between all the dates and dinners, Bangkok almost ends up being as less thriller and more travelogue; by the hour mark, there are literally more gulps than gunshots.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical

A by-the-numbers retread that's ill-conceived as an action vehicle for Cage.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

o Nicolas Cage na periferei tis ektos eleghoy sapoynoperikes toy moytes kai ti geloia malloyra toy, se ena pompodi poiitikistiko ahtarma, poy bromaei ap' opoy ki an ton piaseis

November 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

The burnt out assassin shtick is old and tired.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

[Cage is] funless, scowly, grim, and steroidally impervious to the fleshy and salacious good cheer that surrounds him.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The film isn't overtly heavy-handed in its violence, but it doesn't provoke enough surprises to keep the mind from drifting -- a poison pill for an action film.

September 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

A perfectly uninvolving tale of errors acknowledged and manhood proved.

September 17, 2008 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

It's garbage. Cage better be careful. If he keeps this up, he'll wind up just like Val Kilmer doing straight to DVD junk.

September 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Nicolas Cage parece determinado a sabotar a própria carreira... e muitos outros atores já teriam, em seu lugar, sido rebaixados a produções lançadas diretamente em DVD

September 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Not to be a contrarian, but as predictable as the movie is, its events often feel as if there were no alternative. The Pang brothers, besides being artisans of action and suspense, tell a good story -- or maybe I'm simply suffering from heat and Hurricane

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

Neutered, but pretty, and lacking any real development, this is the cinematic equivalent of a eunuch whose voice unfortunately broke pre-castration

September 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Dark Horizons
Dark Horizons

Ominous maybe, but never dangerous

September 10, 2008 Full Review Source:

This one may have oozed on over into September, but it's every bit as bad as the previous month's studio-floor sweepings.

September 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Audience Reviews for Bangkok Dangerous

A hitman doing one last job in Bangkok takes on a student in the form of a local small time criminal and tries to escape his violent lifestyle through a relationship with a deaf-mute shop girl. The Pang brothers lobotomise their own well-received Thai action movie and create such a pick and mix of lumbering genre cliches that the result almost topples over under its own clod-hopping weight. Nicolas Cage sports one of his more ridiculous barnets (and that's up against some VERY stiff competition), looking like he's come straight from auditioning for the headless horseman in Sleepy Hollow and sleep walks through a plot so predictable it couldn't surprise a goldfish. And most criminal of all, the audience have to wait for an hour to see any real action at all and what there is is half-hearted and dull. Bangkok Dangerous doesn't even have the Hollywood gloss you'd expect from a modern action film, having instead a cheap, nasty Steven Seagality about it. It's obvious that the Pang brothers just watched Leon: The Professional and John Woo's The Killer and thought to themselves "We can do that!". Guess again, guys.
January 11, 2012
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Very average film which has had a terrible casting mistake in Cage. He just doesnt fit the part in this story, his hair is getting stranger every film he does and the stunts are obviously not him. The film does look good based in Bangkok with its neon skyline and old city areas, the Thai cast is much better than the US cast, the problem is this kinda feels like a rerun of 'Leon' and nowhere near as good.
Its not Cages best film but its average, very average.....and slightly dull.
October 24, 2011

Super Reviewer

Oh my, and to think that after I saw Lord of War, I promised myself I would never waste another minute watching Cage movies. I guess I must have some kind of deep-seated fascination with him -- perhaps I'm unwilling to believe he's lost the great potential he once exhibited. It is indeed a sad, sad phenomenon, that actors who have lost their edge keep on making movies. Not that I think he couldn't make a comeback at some point. He had the shining once. He needs to recapture that with a break from making movies.
December 3, 2010

Super Reviewer

I knew exactly the kind of movie it was going to be before I watched it, nothing special but not bad. Nicolas Cage kills some people in Bangkok and then turns on his employer. For what it is it's very decent, but not anything particularly new. It's got a lot of odd moments and corny dialogue, but that's kind of what makes it work. The ending is a complete nutball way to go out, only Nicolas Cage would do it.
July 18, 2010

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