The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King)
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The Protector (Tom yum goong) (Warrior King)
Kham's life is turned upside down when an international mafia syndicate, based in Australia, captures his two beloved elephants and smuggles them thousands of kilometers away to Sydney. The two elephants are far more than mere animals to Kham and his father; they are part of his family and were being prepared to be presented as a token of devotion to his Majesty the King of Thailand. The only way Kham can possibly save the animals is by venturing into a foreign land for the first time. Taking on a mafia group to rescue two elephants from a foreign country presents a huge challenge, even… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 54%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Bone-crunching action triumphs over story and, uh, character development."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"Jaa's ingratiatingly ridiculous Protector delivers a steady stream of cheap B-movie thrills, plus two positive messages for young people: Be nice to animals, and when in doubt, always aim for the tendons."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"Truly, the best martial arts film about elephants yet made."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"a no-brainer, but also an extravaganza of inventive, visually stunning brutality (by the trunkload)."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"It's tremendously refreshing to see a film that relies solely on the choreography of its athletic star to make the action work."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"Pretty tough to sit through."
‑ Reece Pendleton, Chicago Reader
"It's silly, at times laughable, sure, but Jaa has a reckless, bone-cracking grace that transcends the film's triviality. For fight fans, he's worth the price of admission."
‑ Marc Bernardin, Entertainment Weekly
"In the realm of fresh martial arts movie stars, no one holds a candle to Tony Jaa."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"If you like you martial arts action tough, gritty and fast, Tony Jaa is your artist, as he proved on his debut with Ong Bak (2003). This is Muay Thai, a form of aggressive martial arts that makes the others look tame."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Resurrects the bad acting and absurd plotting of old-fashioned kung fu movies, as well as their exhilarating stunts and action choreography."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Exactly like an elephant, mostly slow and lumbering -- but with great menacing charges of excitement."
‑ Robert K. Elder, Chicago Tribune
"When you've got a male lead who can break heads like Tony Jaa, a little bit of story line goes a long way."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"You have to wonder why they even bothered with the subtitles. It's not like they make much difference."
‑ Joshua Tyler,
"If a video game allowed you to do what Tony Jaa does, it would be the bestselling video game in history."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"The Protector's plot is as sturdy as a piece of balsa wood, which wouldn't have mattered so much if the film had showcased Jaa's talents better."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
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