The Protector 2

The Protector 2

I LOVE Tony Jaa. When I saw Ong Bak, there were several times when I jumped out of my seat and cheered in amazement and utter disbelief at what I'd just seen Jaa do. Much of it seemed, quite literally, impossible.

Ong Bak 2, the prequel, wasn't as good, but there was enough Jaa-mazement to hold my interest. The Protector 2, on the other hand, was an absolute chore to watch.

There was literally nothing worthwhile. The story was a trainwreck of various thriller tropes. The acting from the non-leads, including Rza, was laughable. The CGI was completely out of hand, and detracted from the astounding physicality that is Jaa's calling card.

Put it all together and you've got a plodding, nonsensical clusterfuck of a film. Maybe this kind of spectacle plays in Thailand, I don't really know. But for me it was a goddamned disaster.