KICK ASS action!! Brutal, real and absolutley amazing !!!!
This is a martial arts movie which does not revolve around a story, a character, and action scenes for that matter: it revolves around Muay Thai itself. when I watched the interview with Tony Jaa, he stated: "Muay Thai came first, everything else came after." The focus was to show Muay Thai to the world, let it be the star.
And this is what this movie did..... it shows the beauty of Muay Thai boxing as it is never seen before, and the absence of wire fu, CG and special effects make this a daring masterpiece on the heels of Martial Arts classics such as Bruce Lee's Way of the Dragon and the much acclaimed Jackie Chan's Police Story.
Tony Jaa is the stuntman turned star, taking 4 years to train in Muay thai, showing what a natural, athletic martial artist he really is. When the head of a Buddha Idol is stolen from his village, monk to be Ting takes on the duty of recovering the head at any cost, which takes him to the seedy underworld of Bangkok, where Ting's paitence, serenity and Muay Thai skills are put to the ultimate tests, and also drawing upon the wrath of the local crime lord who is responsible for the theft of the idol's head.
Now, this isnt a movie known for a sharp script and great acting, though there a few good moments, such as the "knives for sale" scene. But the real star is the action > We are all familar with kung fu and karate, but they seem tame compared to the sheer brute force of Muay Thai, and Tony Jaa executes it to perfection on screen, where every single action shot is GOLD.
Fight scenes are long and eye opening.... and can cause people to cringe. ^_^ - All good I say!!
Best scene in my opinion would be the Second round at the fight club between the 3 opponets, in contrast to the famous chase scene, but i prefer fighting.
Best Thai film ever..... best martial arts film of the 21st century. So far.