Ong Bak 2 Review
This movie, I felt didn’t quite get the respect that it deserved.. The story line was not the best but in the same breath it wasn’t that bad either. Personally for me when I watch martial arts flicks it is firstly for the action scenes and secondly for the story. The fight scenes in this movie were choreographed superbly and fully making the most of Tony’s talents- he masterfully showcased multiple styles of martial arts as well as many different types of weapons. While there wasn’t as many action scenes as the first Ong Bak, the fight scenes it had were just as good without the ‘over the top moves’.
The final fight scene is a good 15 minutes of sword clashing, heart racing non stop epic action that will have you on the edge of your seat with sweaty palms unable to even blink!
Tony Jaa was quite a sensation when he hit the cinema scene with his Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior way back in 2003. But Ong Bak 2 was far more ambitious and thrilling on the action arena. While the number (2) seems to suggest that the two are a sequel, this is in reality not the case. Ong Bak 2 is set in 15th century feudal Thailand, where Lord Rajasena exhibits an insatiable hunger for power. And his first step in getting more of what he wants involves killing a regional kingpin (Lord Sihadecho) and his entire family.
But Lord Sihadecho’s teenage son, Tien, luckily survives the massacre when he is rescued by Chernung, the chief of an outlaws group. Happy with the boy’s fighting spirit and sensing his sense of purpose, Chernung allows Tien to live among his outlaws and learn their marital arts. And yeah, they do know a lot of martial arts!
Chernung’s village happens to be habitat to top martial artists from around the world. And by the time Tien is fully grown, he’s the only one who’s successfully mastered all their styles, including the Chinese drunken fist, the Japanese jujutsu, the Pentjak silat, the Polynesian wrestling and the precursor to muay thai, muay boran.
And boy, Tien is quite a joy to watch. The films climactic set shows his way of melding the top martial art styles. The scene where he takes on dozens of ninja-like assassins is quite a thrill for any martial arts fanatic. Speaking of blades, Tony Jaa cooks up on all you can eat buffet of weapons combat! While I watch the film, there is some hope that this might bring in a new epic aura that’ll make Tien a household home.
Unfortunately, Ong Bak 2 doesn’t quite accomplish that.
But don’t get me wrong. Tony Jaa’s directing is brilliant. The range of fighting styles that he uses, his flow from technique to another, and more so his higher calling work seamlessly behind the scenes to showcase his star pupil.
But no matter how much this film portrays the martial arts appeal; its flaws are nevertheless plainly noticeable. Ong Bak 2 has a pretty much predictable plot. The progression of the cast doesn’t jolt you at all. Plus it makes a last minute attempt to create a connection to the first Ong Bak – which all the same makes it look hurried.
Either way, fans will enjoy watching this aspiring story. The fighting style is the real jewel for martial arts buffs as it still packs the punch of scores of modern stunts – promoting the genre even further. More so, Tien’s expertise as a thief and the all-along tearing goal that he has to use all his ingenuity to find the man who killed his family stands out throughout the film’s 1 hr. 55 min.