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21 out of 30 people found the following review useful:

Proving westerners can be Tony Jaa

Author: Heislegend from United States
26 March 2010

Please allow me to get one thing out of the way right from the start: If what Eli Roth makes is what people like to call "torture porn", then this film might as well be "action porn"...doing away with any pretense of a plot in the name of action sequences. It's certainly a bit lacking in story, but who cares? There's a very, very good chance you weren't watching this for the plot twists and deep philosophical implications. And that's just great, because everything besides the story is pretty badass.

The basic plot is 4 friends (all inexplicably with different accents) travel to Thailand and run afoul of some criminals while gambling. Two of the friends have some pretty wicked martial arts skills, one is enormous, and the other is...well...he's pretty much just some useless hippie-looking guy. Then there's a whole kidnapping thing that reminded me The Big Hit, but again, this movie is just a vehicle for pure, unadulterated violence. This, apparently, the only way Thais know how to make action movies (and I love them for it). As per usual with modern Thai martial arts movies the stunts and action scenes are very well done and...wait...was there any other reason to watch this movie? In any event, it's massive amounts of fun provided you don't expect it to be a thinking man's movie. Just sit back, open a beer (or 6) and enjoy.

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11 out of 15 people found the following review useful:

Martial Arts done right

Author: karalas13 from Iwakuni Japan
20 October 2010

First let me ask you a question when renting a martial arts flick what is the most important thing to you? If your answer was anything but for the fights then steer clear of this movie. If you are a true junkie for "kung fu" movies though this is a must watch movie.

With a leading actor that is believable in his moves who also happened to be the choreographer and the wonderful background of Thailand fights were often laid out in interesting ways. Quite a bit of parkour tricks laid out during chases including a very non flashy but if you follow parkour very impressive stunt.

In the story department this movie falls very short, do not expect a Once Upon a Time in China or House of Flying Daggers. If anything this movie makes the Tony Jaa movies seem like Shakespeare. The acting by many of the actors falls very flat but there are some honest moments of good acting, can't complain when for most of the cast this is their first time getting real solid screen time.

In short this movie is a prime example of Thailand taking the martial arts movie crown especially since so many of the Chinese greats went Hollywood.

*score marked down due to lack of story keeping it from being anything near a flawless movie though I would score it higher then some movies with a great story but the martial arts is weak in.

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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

Great effort..

Author: vernjackie from United Kingdom
27 March 2010

Well, i'm impressed. This film and others like it give me hope that Thai/South east Asian movies are trying to recreate the magic of 80s Hong kong action flicks. Its a good attempt too. Lets get down to the nitty gritty though.

As you'd probably expect the story and the acting is laughable. Feels like an amateur college production, but who cares right? We're here for the action?..... wrong. There's a little too much of the bad acting and terrible comedy for my liking.

However when the action finally shows up every now and again, it's a pretty good effort. I'll stress that its not perfect in my opinion (having watched a lot of martial arts flicks). My biggest gripe is the directing. The camera work is shoddy on the most part, flicking between limbs and not showing many stunt falls in one take.

I'd definitely recommend this film after a night out. Grab a few beers and laugh. At least they're trying to make real action, something we don't see a lot of these day. A+ for effort!

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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Respect to the creators

Author: Angelo Rohit from Kochi, India
14 August 2010

This movie is not bad at all! Its a very low budget film made by some amazingly talented stunt men in Asian Cinema. The basic plot revolves around a few foreigners in Thailand who gamble away their money and decide to make some more by kidnapping the daughter of a rich millionaire. Very ordinary plot by any standards. The comedy is good but the timing and delivery is very poor. Then, when you're just about to leave the theater and curse the fact that you wasted 10 minutes of your life, you get a glimpse of some good action from Daniel O' Neill. That leaves you pondering over whether the movie is really that bad. As you watch more, you realize that the acting gets worse, the comedy gets a little better but the action becomes glorious!

Of course, if you aren't interested in Martial arts, then this film is going to be a completely forgettable experience. Considering that the creators were all part-time stunt men who wanted to break big, I really do have respect for them. I want to see Daniel O' Neill in more movies.

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7 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

excellent action flick... who needs a plot????

Author: jae-greene from United States
9 January 2012

look, the story, acting, dialog... NONE of these things are why you would watch this movie in the first place! throw all that crap out and just sit back and enjoy the ride as the incredible stunts and fight scenes take place. the fights feature some incredible martial arts, fast paced, well shot and edited. this is NOT a Hollywood, or American movie at all. it is a movie made in thailand so u need to understand that there is a different format and sense of humor than films made here.

honestly if ur one of these overly critical film bashers then you WILL NOT enjoy this film. but being a stuntman and martial artist myself... as well as someone who enjoys Asian cinema and can just have fun watching action for actions sake... i loved it.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Full of adrenaline alright...

Author: Paul Magne Haakonsen from Denmark
28 April 2012

"Bangkok Adrenaline" is a non-stop action movie from the start to the very end. And the action is off the charts, no wires, no CGI, just pure action and martial arts.

The story in "Bangkok Adrenaline", however, was fairly unimaginative and rather simple. A group of foreigners in Thailand end up with a massive gambling dept, and in order to raise money for paying the dept then decide to kidnap the daughter of a millionaire. Demanding a ransom for the girl's release, the foreigners have taken on a bit more than they initially thought was going to be a piece of cake.

I found the story to be moving ahead at snail speed, taking forever to get almost nowhere. That, however, was fortunately helped along by lots and lots of action and fighting. And all these action scenes were really great, well executed and delivered, and the fighting scenes were raw, brutal and hard-hitting.

The acting in the movie was mediocre, so don't expect to see award-winning performances here. Some people put on better performances than others, of course, but the overall was just mediocre. Despite these mediocre acting, it was really nice to see westerners in a Thai fighting movie of this caliber, especially because the fighting was just like what you'd see in a Tony Jaa movie, so there really is a lot of cool action and fighting scenes here.

If you like the action/fighting movies that have come from Thailand in the recent years, then "Bangkok Adrenaline" is well worth sitting down for a watch. I was thoroughly entertained by the sheer action, and the poor storyline fell in the background, overshadowed by the great adrenaline-filled action.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Bangkok Adrenaline

Author: ichocolat from
22 April 2010

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Four friends, who came to visit Thailand had run afoul with gangsters who demanded their money back, in which the four friends had lost in gambling.

The gangsters had come so close in chopping off their hands when they suggested that they'd pay back the money in a week's time. The leader surprisingly agreed.

They'd tried many things to get the money, but none seem to work. One member even resort to teaching teakwondo to schoolchildren! And another member had to be in fights but after deductions on his collections, the money was not that much.

So after exhausting all possible ways of collecting money, they decided to kidnap a daughter of a rich conglomerate.

Fun ensued! They'd have to ward off bodyguards, escaped from police detections. And worst of all, they have to take care of the girl they kidnapped! There a a lot of action scenes, lots of jokes, but sans storyline. Well, just the perfect recipe for a film suitable to be watched on a lazy weekend!

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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Not nearly as awful as I was expecting.

Author: lewiskendell from United States
25 February 2011

"Danger is my breakfast, tell me more."

If a bunch of frat boys got together and decided to make a modern, more "extreme" version of Ong-Bak, you'd get Bangkok Dangerous. It's so macho that it's downright goofy, and there's only the barest skeleton of a plot, but I have to admit that it was a pretty fun movie to watch. 

The story is as basic as possible. Four Brits looking for a good time in Thailand get into serious gambling debts, and decide to kidnap the pretty daughter of a rich businessman and use her ransom to pay their way out of trouble. The scheme goes awry, and they end up having to protect the girl they kidnapped. 

See? Basic. But with lots and lots of opportunities for fighting. 90% of the movie is one of the guys fighting someone or running from someone. Two of the main characters are capable martial artists, and do most of the fighting. Another is a really huge muscular man who just smashes things/people, and the fourth is basically supposed to be comic relief. Like most of the attempts at humor in the movie, it doesn't really work. He's more annoying than anything else.

The fighting is pretty cool, but at times, the choreography seems stiff and obvious. It takes you out of the action when you see people repeatedly prepare for blows, consciously make sure they're in the right place to be hit, etc. Still, the action was frenetic, non-stop, and enjoyable.

Bangkok Adrenaline is a long way from a well-made action movie, but I've seen much worse. Keep your expectations at a suitably restrained level, and you'll probably get some mindless kicks out of it.

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Movie: not so great - Moves: really great - Verdict: One to watch

Author: Joost Staaks from Netherlands
11 January 2011

To start with, this isn't a super great title, but still one to watch! The acting is really bad for some of the characters. The mafia boss who's the dad of the kidnapped girl fails in every way of acting for example and the very bad pronunciation of the Asian people kinda ruins it as well. The story is also very very bad.

Still i gave this movie 6 out of 10, here's why: The fights, moves, and choreography are awesome, i haven't seen a movie with this much, and this exciting moves in a while. It's good that there's a lot of this in the movie because it really takes it up a lot of points. Just incredible to watch. Also there are some funny moments, although not all of them work as well as they should.

This movie really reminds me of titles like: B13 and The Great Challenge. I hope that this movie brings people like Daniel O'Neill and Gwion Jacob Miles to bigger titles, they do act good, and are really stars when it comes to great choreography and fights.

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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Incredibly bad, but the action is decent

Author: zetes from Saint Paul, MN
14 February 2012

Four Europeans vacationing in Bangkok get indebted to the mob. To pay that debt they decide to kidnap the teenage daughter of a rich man. That backfires when they find out the rich man was going to kill his daughter anyway. Now he intends to pin it on them. This movie is pretty freaking awful. The plot makes little sense, the four heroes are just complete douchebags (they're only the tiniest bit less evil than the picture's villain), and not a single performer in the film can act worth a damn. However, it has one pretty big advantage that raises it above what would otherwise have been one of the worst movies ever made: good action sequences. Not great ones, mind you (they're edited a bit too rapidly, although for the most part you can tell what's happening), but they're fun and exciting. About the whole last third of the movie is made up of action, and it becomes quite watchable for a good half hour. Certainly not much to recommend, but I've seen worse.

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