Fireball (Muay Thai Dunk) (2009)




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It's Muay Thai combat with a streetball twist in this tale of a juvenile delinquent who joins an underground basketball team on a mission of vengeance. His twin brother lying comatose with little hope of recovery, Tai vows to take on the vicious drug lords responsible for his sibling's dire condition. The men he seeks are the organizers of a brutal new underground sport in which players attempt to sink a basket while engaging in full contact Muay Thai. Convinced that he's closer than ever to catching his target, Tai practices his long shot and prepares for battle. With each game won, Tai comes one step closer to avenging his fallen brother.
R (for strong bloody brutal martial arts violence throughout, and brief sexuality)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Grindstone Entertainment

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Critic Reviews for Fireball (Muay Thai Dunk)

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (1)

The clunking storyline is a real drag, and the movie is essentially hobbled because the nominal lead is a rock performer not a martial artist.

Full Review… | January 7, 2010
Time Out
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If fireball had an idealistic, Jimmy Hill-style commentator, he'd describe this film as a poor advertisement for the game.

Full Review… | January 14, 2010
Sunday Times (UK)

The plot is a pretext for nonstop, bone-crushing mayhem of a mind-numbing kind.

Full Review… | January 14, 2010
Observer (UK)

The few women in the cast look aghast at what is going on.

January 8, 2010
London Evening Standard

While the title refers to a rather outrageous game that mixes kickboxing with basketball, this is actually a routine gangland thriller. And it's directed in a style that prevents us from understanding the action or caring about the characters.

Full Review… | January 8, 2010
Shadows on the Wall

This mostly routine Thai actioner mixes sports movie clichés, martial arts moves, melodramatic excess and gangster claptrap in the kind of movie Van Damme made in the '80s.

Full Review… | January 7, 2010
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Fireball (Muay Thai Dunk)

Fireball (Kristoffer Tabori, 2009) Fireball (Thanakorn Pongsuwan, 2009) There were two movies called Fireball released in 2009. One of them, directed by Kristoffer Tabori (a serviceable TV series director with two big-screen features under his belt), is a Sci-Fi Channel Original Movie starring Lexa Doig. The other is a Thai martial arts film about extreme basketball. I'll give you a few seconds to decide which of them is the better film. Now that you're done laughing hysterically, we'll continue by noting that the single keyword attached to the American film on IMDB is âpantiesâ?. And I have no idea why, despite watching the DVD version rather than the TV version. Which should tell you how much I remember about this movie. I remember, as I mentioned, that it stars Lexa Doig, whose appearance in a movie immediately sends it into the dumpster (viz. Jason X, her last big-screen appearance for a decade), and has to do with a big, dumb prison escapee (Aleks Paunovic from Wishmaster 4) who finds himself with pyrokinetic abilities. Screenplay was written by Kariag Wenman, who was responsible for such cinematic classics as Intermedio and Confined. Basically, you get what you pay for. On the other hand there's Fireball the Thai sports flick, and I am able to admit that my weakness for sports films (despite my general dislike of actually watching sports) probably accounts for my liking this more than a lot of people did. It, too, involves Tan, a guy who just got out of prison (Preeti Barameeanat) thanks to his brother Tai basically bribing him out. His brother, however, is now in a persistent vegetative state, and it's up to Tan to figure out why. Thanks to a lead from Tai's girlfriend, he starts hanging around in the same places, and is eventually approached by people who think he's Tan (they're twins) and want him to get back into playing Fireball, a combination of basketball and May Thai where anything goes and billions of dollars are exchanged in underground gambling rings. There's a pretty ridiculous revenge subplot, some cheesy acting, the obligatory woeful subtitles, and the balance of big fight scenes to actual plot advancement is tipped way over, but for simple turn-your-brain-off fun you can do a lot worse than this. Like, for example, Fireball. Fireball (Tabori): * Â 1/2 Fireball (Pongsuwan): ***

Robert Beveridge
Robert Beveridge

Good Thai underground sport-action film. The action scenes are fantastic, not to mention bloody. People are impaled, bones are broken, flying kicks and punches are traded. That out of the way, while the acting is fine, the movie falters in the fact that there is little is any real characterization going on in the film. Without anybody to care about, many of the scenes in which there isn't anything action or maybe even sex related feel too long, not to mention kind of boring.

Dean McKenna
Dean McKenna

Super Reviewer

Turn off your brain and enjoy the bone-crunching madness. People who find basketball boring may enjoy this version a bit more.

Steve K
Steve K

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