Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior) (2005)



Critic Consensus: While Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior may be no great shakes as a movie, critics are hailing the emergence of a new star in Tony Jaa, whose athletic performance is drawing comparisons with Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, and Jet Li.

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Exhilarating fight sequences highlight this action-packed martial-arts adventure about an orphan (Tony Jaa) who embarks on a quest to recover the head of a Buddha statue that was stolen by a Bangkok drug lord. Petchthai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Rungrawee Borrijindakul. Directed by Prachya Pinkaew.
R (for sequences of strong violence, language, some drug use and sexuality)
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Drama
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Critic Reviews for Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)

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Ong Bak is not very good -- but Hollywood suits would be nuts not to give Jaa a role in every action flick they make from now on.

March 4, 2005
Miami Herald
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Jaa's moves are impressive, but the choreography ranges from bland to ridiculous (as when one dirty fighter resorts to using major appliances as weapons).

March 3, 2005
Arizona Republic
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No prizes will be awarded to anyone who guesses that Ting beats all assailants and recovers the artifact. What you might not anticipate is how viscerally exciting director Prachya Pinkaew makes the action scenes.

Full Review… | March 3, 2005
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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What Jaa does is often mesmerizing.

February 17, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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The artifice-free antidote to such F/X enervation -- a jaw-dropper of a star-making display from lithe fighter-artist Tony Jaa, framed by a plot as bare-bones as a backroom boxing ring.

Full Review… | February 16, 2005
Entertainment Weekly
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I think you have to hang a plot and some suspense around this. It was just so dopey and so endless and so repetitive. The guy's got talent, but thumbs down for this movie.

February 14, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
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Audience Reviews for Ong-Bak (Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior)

Like so many martial arts movies out there, it lacks in structure and is clearly more an excuse to show great fighting scenes - and great they definitely are, with Tony Jaa performing all his spectacular Muay Thai stunts without the use of wires or special effects.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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I admit, I don't watch a ton of martial arts movies. I wouldn't have the first clue if this were a film full of cliches or a complete reinvention of the genre. What I did love was the simplicity of the story - true to Kurt Vonnegut's rule: every character wants something! - and the riveting chase and fight scenes. An adrenaline fest, for sure! I wanted to see it because of all the marketing - No CGI! No wires! - and choreography-wise, it didn't disappoint. It was also neat to see the little notes to Spielberg and Besson (maybe others, I only noticed the two) scrawled on the sets in certain scenes. Wicked guerrilla film-making, an absolute blast! Exclamation marks!!

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

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