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The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King)

The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King) (2005)



Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 90
Fresh: 49 | Rotten: 41

Despite some impressive fight scenes, this trimmed-down version of the Thai action pic is an off-putting mix of scant plot, choppy editing, and confusing subtitles and dubbing.


Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 14

Despite some impressive fight scenes, this trimmed-down version of the Thai action pic is an off-putting mix of scant plot, choppy editing, and confusing subtitles and dubbing.



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Kham's life is turned upside down when an international mafia syndicate, based in Australia, captures his two beloved elephants and smuggles them thousands of kilometers away to Sydney. The two elephants are far more than mere animals to Kham and his father; they are part of his family and were being prepared to be presented as a token of devotion to his Majesty the King of Thailand. The only way Kham can possibly save the animals is by venturing into a foreign land for the first time. Taking on

Jan 16, 2007


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All Critics (96) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (49) | Rotten (41) | DVD (15)

Bone-crunching action triumphs over story and, uh, character development.

January 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Pretty tough to sit through.

December 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Exactly like an elephant, mostly slow and lumbering -- but with great menacing charges of excitement.

December 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Jaa's ingratiatingly ridiculous Protector delivers a steady stream of cheap B-movie thrills, plus two positive messages for young people: Be nice to animals, and when in doubt, always aim for the tendons.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: AV Club
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It's silly, at times laughable, sure, but Jaa has a reckless, bone-cracking grace that transcends the film's triviality. For fight fans, he's worth the price of admission.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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When you've got a male lead who can break heads like Tony Jaa, a little bit of story line goes a long way.

September 8, 2006 Full Review Source: Slate
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Truly, the best martial arts film about elephants yet made.

April 25, 2011 Full Review Source:

In the realm of fresh martial arts movie stars, no one holds a candle to Tony Jaa.

April 22, 2009 Full Review Source:

You have to wonder why they even bothered with the subtitles. It's not like they make much difference.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source:

a no-brainer, but also an extravaganza of inventive, visually stunning brutality (by the trunkload).

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

If you like you martial arts action tough, gritty and fast, Tony Jaa is your artist, as he proved on his debut with Ong Bak (2003). This is Muay Thai, a form of aggressive martial arts that makes the others look tame.

August 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

If a video game allowed you to do what Tony Jaa does, it would be the bestselling video game in history.

August 3, 2007 Full Review Source:

It's tremendously refreshing to see a film that relies solely on the choreography of its athletic star to make the action work.

March 24, 2007 Full Review Source: UGO

Resurrects the bad acting and absurd plotting of old-fashioned kung fu movies, as well as their exhilarating stunts and action choreography.

March 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The Protector's plot is as sturdy as a piece of balsa wood, which wouldn't have mattered so much if the film had showcased Jaa's talents better.

October 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Four screenwriters get credit for the bottom-feeder script.

September 30, 2006
Palo Alto Weekly

It plays like a bad B-movie where we suddenly leave an ongoing conversation to join a fight in progress.

September 27, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

By the end you're so invigorated that narrative issues seem like an afterthought.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The story is incoherent (possibly due to Weinstein cuts in the Thai original), but if you enjoy fight scenes, this is an eye-popping amazement...

September 15, 2006
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Jaa-dropping stunts buried in an overly sentimental plot.

September 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Maxim

The whole point here is the action stuff, and, wow, does it deliver!

September 15, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King)

A much hyped fight film from Muay Thai expert Tony Jaa with many many excellent stunts and chase sequences, the only problem is we have now seen all this before from various other martial arts experts.

The film itself is fine but its not really too original in any aspect, a simple revenge plot as usual and Jaa showing his skills yet again. Its very spectacular but I personally didn't get too engrossed, the most impressive thing about the whole film is the MMA fight sequences, mainly the fight between Jaa and Capoeira fighter Lateef Crowder.

This one fight sequence is the most impressive fight I've seen in years, its fantastic, Crowder is amazing and almost too good to be true with his moves. Add to this the following fight between Wushu expert John Foo and then a one off battle against wrestling strong man Nathan Jones which is impressive merely to see the size differences, think Bruce Lee v Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

To be honest the film is worth seeing for those three fights, apart from that its business as usual with this action film.
January 21, 2012

Super Reviewer

The story and script are weak, and the acting is pretty wooden, but then again, those are not the reasons to see this. This film about a man tasked with protecting elephants who goes off to save a pair of them from an international crime syndicate feels less like a movie and more like an excuse to show off some crazy stunts and awesome fight scenes.

That's okay with me. Against my better judgment I'm giving this film a mild recommendation because...damn..what this film gets right, it gets it right in spades. Going for the Jackie Chan style of doing everything practically and with no CGI, the action in this movie is balls to the wall incredible. The highlight, for me is a masterfully executed long take in which Jaa's character fights his way up several flights of stairs in order to confront one of the villains in a restaurant. The choreography and sets are one thing, but the fact that it was done as an unbroken long take just really takes the cake as far as impressiveness is concerned.

Aside from the action, this is just a blah and predictable movie. It's enjoyable, but could have been great if everything was as strong as the fights and stunts.
February 12, 2011
Chris Weber

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there is no doubt that tony jaa is a legit action star. his martial arts work is stellar and the stunts were exciting, however, he has nearly no dialogue in the film, and other than knowing that he protects elephants we know nothing about him. some of the action sequences were fun, but some were way too over the top, like johnny the crime boss calling hoods from all over the city through the loudest horn ever built in a torn down little warehouse. There was also a fight scene at the end that was the scene that never ends, where jaa must have fought half of the population of australia. the film was fun, but also carries the distinction of being the movie that features the only major crime syndicate in the world to possess thugs in the thousands without a single one of them owning a gun. jaa with a more creative storyline - lets hope.
February 1, 2011
danny d

Super Reviewer

Kham: "Where the hell is my elephant?"

On the eve of presenting a pair of prized elephants to the King of Thailand, a young martial arts expert and his father are shocked to discover that the beloved creatures were stolen by an international mafia syndicate, and now the determined fighter must travel to Australia to get his animals back in this adventure from the team behind the international action hit Ong Bak. To Kham (Tony Jaa) and his father, the elephants that they were about to present to the King of Thailand were not simply pets, but members of the family as well. When Kham learns that the criminals who stole his elephants have taken them back to their home base in Australia, the fearsome fighter vows to brave the strange new land and bring his animals back safely no matter what the cost. Upon arriving in Australia, Kham enlists the aid of Thai Police Sergeant Mark (Petchthai Wongkamlao) and pretty slave Pla (Bongkuch Kongmaili) in taking on down notorious crime boss Madame Rose (Jing Xing) and locating the animals he loves before it's too late.

The heir apparent to the Jackie Chan, Jet Li mantle has done it again. Breathless action sequences that have to be seen to be believed including an extended fight sequence with about twenty gang members and a restaurant fight that will leave you with a breathless feeling. Story such as it is revolves around Tony Jaa setting off after some elephant poachers and following them to Sydney, Australia to regain custody of said elephants to give to the King of wherever he actually resides. As with Ong Bak, the story is just an excuse to get Mr Jaa into as many stunt filled fight scenes as possible and once it gets started it never really lets up for even a moment allowing our hero to do many wild and crazy things in the pursuit of his elephant friends. If you're a fan of non stop action movies give this a whirl I guarantee you won't be disappointed.
December 1, 2008
Lorenzo von Matterhorn

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