Ong Bak 2

2009

Ong Bak 2

Critics Consensus

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.

48%

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Total Count: 69

53%

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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.

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

    Nov 20, 2009 | Rating: 3/5
  • 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.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Bears virtually no connection to the original.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 1/5
  • 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.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 23, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ong Bak 2

  • Sep 21, 2014
    Though better made than the first movie (even avoiding those annoying playbacks), what is obvious is its purely commercial interest, from the title (this is not a sequel or a prequel) to the use of flashbacks so that the movie can jump straight to the action - and the ending is terrible.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 03, 2013
    while I enjoyed the diversity of weaponry & the variety of martial arts i'm a fan of tony jaa for the muay thai. however the imaginative sets and locations, even the abundance of charactures to some extent are homage to the obvious work & thought that's gone into the project. thumbs up and another must for genre enthusiasts
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2012
    It been a while since I reviewed a Martial Art film so I decided to watch Ong Bak 2 since i'm a big fan of the original movie. Now to be fair, it could have been better than the first one, but it suffers from poor story-telling. This all I got from the story from Ong Bak 2, a young Thai boxer learns the skills and inner meaning of martial arts. Yup, that's all I remember from the movie story-line. There's no good character development for our hero or any of the main characters. The only good part about the story is that it gives you a reason to root for the good-guys, though it just your typical motives and doesn't give you interesting villains. The movie also does a terrible job for making you care about any of the characters and there boring, it makes you wish they cut out the story parts of the movie and left in the violence, would have been better. Now the choreography in the first Ong Bak is some of the most spectacular i've seen in any Martial Art movie and it was a letdown that the only really good action sequence is at the end of the movie. The good part about the final fight scene in this movie it that it's about twelve minutes at best with Tony Jaa taking allot of pain, with no dialogue which makes the fight scene fast pace and pleasing to watch. Now this movie wasn't entirely bad, I mean the cinematography was great (especially whenever you see a Elephant), the crew make good use of most of the location for action sequences, and the mindless violence though not as good as the original is still entertaining. Ong Bak 2 is a sequel that suffers from a poorly written with great fight scenes that makes enduring the story aspect bearable. If you're going still planning on watching this, just skip to the action scenes as there the only watchable part of this movie.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 18, 2012
    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 :)
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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