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But who really cares about filmmaking fundamentals when the force of aggression registers off the charts, working countless fights and agreeable acts of heroism into a superbly entertaining blast of brutality.
Thai stuntmen hate themselves.
Welcome to one of the most intense martial-arts/stunt films made without CGI. Helmed by Panna Rittikrai, the bloke who wrote Ong-Bak, this fist fighter acts as a lesson in exceptional combat choreography. Not that it matters, but the story follows a martial arts team caught in an underground gambling death trap. Naturally, the only way to survive is to fight. The incredibly realistic smackdowns are mesmerising, including wildly creative cage-fighting scenes. Most impressive among Rittikrai's stylish arsenal are the long takes during fights, which emphasise the skill and natural fluidity of his charges. Unfortunately, the entertaining action sequences allow no room for any motion of competent acting, plot or logic.
BIG BROTHER Muay-Thai style!! It may not be the plot of the century but its totally kick-butt, bone-breaking with sour facials and pain twisting action!! There are times I'm like, "No way" and times when I'm like "Are you serious? That looked totally real" and only to find out that it is!! These guys are 9 of "Tony Jaa's" apprentices!! No wonder it's all real....
Once the action picks up its a power punching, kicking, elbowing and kneeing, head-butting salad. A tornado of unbelievably cruelty to the body action. Sadly for me the subtitles was a turn off with misspellings and sentences with missing words and even letters replaced with underscores most of the time making no sense, so no use reading it but luckily the action drew me in enough not to give it a miss.
A very lengthy start for me but I'm glad my patience didn't dwindle too quick which allowed me to hang on until my interest ignited and also the cool trailer I saw. I really enjoyed the fight scenes and the angles and the amazing sacrifices they made to bring us B.K.O. "Bangkok Knock Out!!"
Bangkok Knockout is everything director Panna Rittikrai markets it to be.
The plot is straightforward, and to be quite frank, it is written in a way to highlight the action. The dialogue, the English lines anyway, aren't exceptional by any means and some of the editing is a little choppy; however, after a brief first act of story and character setup, it is on to the fun.
The film is a little under an hour and 50 minutes and over half of it is dedicated to the bruising and battering of bodies. The martial arts choreography and stunt-work are excellent without a whole lot of time wasted on replays and slow motion. A very good portion of the fights are high octane adrenaline pumpers. This is what Bangkok Knockout is all about.
The acting doesn't impress, but at least most of the actors can and do fight. Even the lovely damsels in distress, Pimchanok Leuwisedpaiboon and Supaksorn Chaimongkol, get in on some of the action.
Bangkok Knockout is simply a film to watch for the action. That's all there is to it.
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