Tai, a young man arrested on a crime charge, is discharged thanks to his twin brother Tan's dogged help. After being set free, he finds Tan in a coma with severe injuries. Tan's girlfriend,... See full summary »
Tai, a young man arrested on a crime charge, is discharged thanks to his twin brother Tan's dogged help. After being set free, he finds Tan in a coma with severe injuries. Tan's girlfriend, Pang, tells Tai that his brother got involved in some risky business to raise money to fight Tai's case. Tai feels guilty that his problems brought his brother trouble. He then traces what happened to Tan, which ultimately leads him into illegal basketball gambling. Tai wants to find out who is behind this gambling and why his brother was beaten unconscious. He finally joins the "Fireball" team, a team which belongs to Hia Den and whose players include Singha, Kay, Ik, and Muek. In order to uncover the truth, Tai trades many things-possibly even his life. Written by
When I bought this movie from Amazon, it was mostly because of the cover and the costumer reviews I glanced through there. However, I did fail to pick up that this movie was about a weird combo of martial arts and basketball. Had I known that, I probably wouldn't have picked it up. And one of the major factors in the decision for buying it was that there are some really amazing fighting movies coming out of Thailand.
Now, having seen this movie, I sit here somewhat puzzled. The movie had a lot of fighting in it, as expected, and the scenes were quite nicely executed and brought on the screen. However, I do think the scene where one team was using metal pipes in the fight was a bit tame, especially because a lot of the time you could see that they weren't even aiming to hit the opponents with the pipes, they were just randomly striking at the air to make it look choreographed. That was sort of lame.
Then the whole thing with the basketball tournament mixed up with brutal fighting, well... That really didn't work out all that nicely for me. It was like a weird hybrid version of "Rollerball".
The story in "Fireball" is pretty thin, though I suspect that was to be expected of a movie of this caliber, as you watch this for the action and fighting, not the storyline and plot. Basically it is the story of a guy entering a brutal competition to raise money for his brothers brain surgery. And that is it, the rest is just action, fighting and violence.
"Fireball" is worth watching for the fight scenes, if nothing else, however, mind you, they are not on the same level as the ones seen in "Ong Bak".
The acting in the movie was alright, actually. I wasn't overly familiar with the actors and actresses here in the movie, but I do think they did do alright with their given roles and characters.
All in all, "Fireball" is an adequate movie if you are looking to be entertained in the way of constant action and fighting. However, if you like a movie with more depth and stuff to think about, this might not be the movie for you.
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