Two things. One.. Tony Jaa is back! Two.. a half naked lady kicks ass and whips people in their face with her ponytail! I WANT TO SEE THIS MOVIE NOW!
I’m not going to lie. I might be as excited for The Protector 2 as I am for Guardians of the Galaxy. Ok, maybe not THAT much, but my excitement for it is pretty damn high. I’ve been a fan of Tony Jaa since I saw Ong Bak way back when and I was a really big fan of The Protector. That 4-5 minute uninterrupted tracking shot of Jaa ascending the stairs of a building filled with bad guys as he pummels them is nothing short of amazing. And when he uses elephant bones as weapons to bring down 50+ guys in just minutes is.. wow. I love watching Jaa fight and I’m so happy to see him back doing what he does best.
The new film, which apparently is a 3D film (though I don’t know if American audiences will get to see it in 3D), looks like it got an upgrade in the cinematography department as it looks much more polished than the original. We have Prachya Pinkaew returning to helm this sequel which also stars.. RZA? At first, his presence seems odd but considering RZA’s affinity for martial arts movies, it kind of makes sense. The digital effects look a little spotty but I don’t watch these movies for their visual effects. It’s all about watching Tony Jaa perform badass fight choreography as we sit back in awe of his physical prowess.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Boss Suchart is the influential owner of a major elephant camp. When he was murdered in his own home – the killer delivered three fatal blows on his body – all evidence points to KHAM (Tony Jaa), who was present at the crime scene and was seen with the victim the moment before he died. Kham is forced to run as the police launches a pursuit. Meanwhile, the twin nieces of Boss Suchart (Jija Yanin Wismitanan and Teerada Kittisiriprasert) are out for revenge. But luck is on Kham’s side when he runs into Sergeant MARK (Mum Jokmok), an Interpol agent sent to Thailand on a secret mission.
As Kham is hunted by several parties, he’s also desperately searching for KHON, his elephant, whose disappearance is involved with Boss Suchart’s death. In another twist, Kham is drawn into an underground fighting ring run by LC (RZA), a crime lord who’s obsessed with collecting top-class martial artists from around the world. LC’s fighters are branded only by numbers, such as the lethal, beautiful TWENTY (Ratha Pho-ngam) and the diabolical NO.2 (Marrese Crump). These fighters are ordered to defeat and capture Kham for a special mission that LC has in mind.
The Protector 2 hits On Demand on March 27th and lands in theaters on May 2nd. I cannot wait to see this movie. Did I mention that already?
by Ben McBride
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