Ong Bak 2
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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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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ong Bak 2 is really just an excuse for several jaw-dropping set pieces that show off Jaa's killing skills."
‑ Cary Darling, Dallas Morning News
"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."
‑ Jan Stuart, Washington Post
"It was epic action, I will admit, but that doesn't mean that the writers should give up on the rest of the film completely."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"The 'sequel' to Jaa's stunning international debut, Ong-Bak, and his third international outing after the entertaining The Protector, but it contains only a fraction of the previous two's joyful invention."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"We knew Jaa could bust heads; now he's just busting our balls."
‑ William Goss, Cinematical
"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"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."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Let me be blunt - Ong Bak 2 is an incoherent mess...[Yet is] awesome, stupid, incoherent fun."
‑ Jason Gorber, Filmfest
"... the lack of any dramatic center leaves the action, for all its bloody carnage and brutality, emotionally untethered: all spectacle and no character."
‑ Sean Axmaker,
"Stretched to nearly two full hours and deploying a seemingly endless array of flashbacks sequences, it becomes almost impossible to follow for more than a few minutes at a time and Jaa's utterly charm-free performance doesn't make things any easier."
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
"Bears virtually no connection to the original."
‑ Mike Hale, New York Times
"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."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"A mix of martial arts, which includes Muay Thai, kung fu and Samurai swordplay, that was Jaa's inspiration for making the movie in the first place."
‑ Annlee Ellingson, Moving Pictures Magazine
"Delivers Jaa's most intense and impressive fighting action yet but a complex and underdeveloped plot and fractured, non-engaging direction leaves much to be desired."
‑ Mark Pollard, Kung Fu Cinema
"You can only get so mad at a movie in which a large crowd cheers and the lone subtitle reads "Hooray." With a period."
‑ Mike Russell, Oregonian
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