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Bangkok Dangerous (2008)

TOMATOMETER

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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 20
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 19

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

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 132,161

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Movie Info

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 … More

Rating:
R (for violence, language and some sexuality)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
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Written By:
Oxide Pang Chun , Jason Richman
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jan 6, 2009
Box Office:
$15.2M
Runtime:
Lionsgate - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Bangkok Dangerous

All Critics (96) | Top Critics (20) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (86) | DVD (11)

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

Full Review… | December 8, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Tediously monotonous.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 11, 2008
Time Out New York
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 10, 2008
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Awatchable, but dull action flick with not enough body count to satisfy the average mixed martial arts fanboy.

Full Review… | September 8, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 8, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A promising film about a hit man that ultimately gets wacked because its star isn't suited for the role at all.

Full Review… | October 15, 2012
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.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

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

Full Review… | March 23, 2010
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.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009
Cinematical

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

Full Review… | November 20, 2008
Hollywood.com

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

Full Review… | November 8, 2008
Movies for the Masses

The burnt out assassin shtick is old and tired.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Three Movie Buffs

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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.

Full Review… | September 27, 2008
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

A perfectly uninvolving tale of errors acknowledged and manhood proved.

Full Review… | September 17, 2008

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.

Full Review… | September 16, 2008
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

Full Review… | September 13, 2008
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

Full Review… | September 12, 2008
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

Full Review… | September 11, 2008
Dark Horizons

Ominous maybe, but never dangerous

Full Review… | September 10, 2008
jackiekcooper.com

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

Full Review… | September 10, 2008
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.

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garyX
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

½

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.

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phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

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.

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binky013
Lanning : )

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.

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ythelastman89
Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

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