Ong Bak 3

2011

Ong Bak 3

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Martial arts legend Tony Jaa writes, directs, produces and stars in ONG BAK 3, the third and final installment in one of the most beloved action series of all time. Picking up at the cliffhanger ending where Ong Bak 2 leaves off, Jaa ramps up the epic supernatural elements of the previous film, while still maintaining the trademark bone-crunching action that the series is known for. This time he must face his ultimate enemy: a fierce supernatural warrior named "Demon Crow," played by fellow martial arts sensation Dan Chupong (Dynamite Warrior). Eagerly anticipated by martial arts aficionados for some time, the matchup of Jaa and Chupong is explosive. -- (C) Magnolia

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Critic Reviews for Ong Bak 3

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (4)

  • Beware bone-crushing action stars bearing messages of peace and enlightenment.

    Jan 20, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • The unrelentingly brutal Ong Bak 2 was a drag after the screwball charm and breathtaking stunts of Ong Bak, and the third installment continues the trend.

    Jan 15, 2011 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • ... a mix of action spectacle, period detail, hero's odyssey cliché and narrative incoherence, directed with a soberly serious, mannered grandiosity...

    Feb 13, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The 'enlightened' defensive fighting of Jaa, whose screen presence is more crucial than ever here in selling this scenario, pulls it off -- but just by a hair.

    Feb 10, 2011 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…
  • I doubt that Ong Bak 3 is going to find a welcoming audience, no matter how much I wish it would.

    Jan 22, 2011 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • While it doesn't fully restore matters to ideal comprehension, Ong Bak 3 is a nifty bruiser, sure to satisfy those in the mood for a little spread of Zen on their knuckle sandwich.

    Sep 30, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ong Bak 3

  • Nov 01, 2014
    Tony Jaa gets all spiritual, dances around a bit & well you have to see it to believe it. Not my cuppa. Not a scratch on all of his previous material but still worth a look
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2012
    Apparently it takes two doesn't work with <i>Ong Bak 3</i> as both Tony Jaa and Panna Rittikrai can't get this film over the hump.<p>The 90 minute plot isn't exactly a walk in the park. The first 20 minutes can be quite erratic, as the film tries to build too much in too little time, especially when carrying over plot details from <i>Ong Bak 2</i>. In the middle there is a long stretch that is rather slow and uneventful, which ends up taking some of the wind out of the action packed finale.</p><p>The martial arts isn't limited per se, but it is lacking in amusement. The choreography is solid, but the reduction in speed for a good percentage of the sequences doesn't help.</p><p>Tony Jaa gets credit for the action, but not much else. Dan Chupong is quite the character, but his fights are a bit of a disappointment.</p><p><i>Ong Bak 3</i> has its ups and its downs; both come together to create just an average picture.</p>
    JY S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2012
    After reviewing Ong Bak 3 and seeing how horrible is was, I decided to get the third entry out of the way. I regret watching this with my friend. Ong Bak 3 picks up where Ong Bak 2 had left off. Tien is captured and almost beaten to death before he is saved and brought back to the Kana Khone villagers. There he is taught meditation and how to deal with his Karma, but very soon his arch rival returns challenging Tien for a final duel, and it's boring one too. I saw this with one of my friends and he kept asking me what was going, I honestly had no idea myslef as no actual story is told until a hour in. The poorly written story from Ong Bak 2 made Ong Bak 3 even more baffling bad. Why Tony Jaa did you have to write a story that takes a minute to summarize and it takes you a whole hour and a half to tell it. That's really awful if my summary is simply the whole movie with nothing interesting in between. The fight scenes are well done, but there is even less. Why Tony Jaa was allowed to write is baffling because the one good fight scene in this movie doesn't really happened, because somehow Tien rewinds times, and there's explanation on how he did that. To be honest, I rooting for the villains to kill Tien just so this movie could be over, unfortunately Tien lives and makes us suffer the longer the movie continues. Now since this was meant to be one movie, I will say it would have sucked even more. Ong Bak 2 had a terrible story, while Ong Bak 3 is a pointless sequel with no story. There some really baffling moments at the climax that will make you laugh like I did. For the nothingness that it's worth avoid the Ong Bak sequels, stick to the first one.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2012
    Going slightly off the beaten track with this final fight for Mr Jaa, this third film is beautiful to look at just like the second but its very unusual with a strong spiritual theme. Following on from where number two left off we see how 'Tien' (Jaa) is supposedly killed but then reincarnated and starts to train himself back to full fighting capacity so he can finish his goal. Its a huge swing from the last two films as much of this film is kind of surreal with strong Buddhist imagery, Jaa being a Buddhist monk himself this film was obviously a chance to give a peek into his religion. The film isn't overly confusing but its slightly boring for the most part and feels like it just been made with outtakes from the last film, there is also the 'Crow Ghost' character who becomes the new enemy and offers, from a Western point of view, a more fantasy based feel and does look a bit like Lee from 'The Crow'. In the end it is possible to become tired of seeing Jaa thrash countless men and that it does, the finale is 'Tien' simply kicking the crap outta so many guys it becomes silly and dull, lovely camera work and lovely stunts/moves but by this point we have seen it all before, the novelty has worn off. That is the problem with this film, it feels rushed and like it was never meant to be, its also not really required as it should of finished with the second film.
    Phil H Super Reviewer

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