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Khon fai bin (2006)
Same old Thai recipe...
I bough this movie when i was still trying to get my hand on everything that included martial arts. After many Thai disappointments, i decided to put this movie in the "to watch at an ulterior date" box. I finally decided to give it a go.
So once again, another Thai movie that do everything it can to make me uninterested in the protagonists. I am not hard to please, a good old revenge flick is usually a winning formula for me. Yet this is exactly the case here, a revenge plot, yet its far from being in the winning category i am afraid.
The martial arts are not bad at all, some scenes are actually pretty cool, but the problem is, there is some downs in the movie where nothing happen in term of action and the story is just simply uninteresting, mostly because of the characters. The whole rocket flying main dude was just ridiculous, the wizard character and the other guy using magic consist mostly of making small explosion of sand and having the enemies jump around, taking away the interest for me in the genuine action scenes And finally the 2 other bad guys, the cannibal big dude and the guy trying to sell them tractor are just so cartoon... only the Thais can pull out that much cartoonish characters.
All the non sense in the movie drive me away from what could had been a cool driven by revenge flick with spectacular martial arts. Yes Dan Chupong may not be Tony Jaa but he still pull out great choreography's.
The problem with Thai movies for me is that there is always non sense that make me roll my eyes and kill any interest i may have in the movie. Maybe its because i am a westerner, but i don't see to have that much problem with Chinese movies, even the more traditional ones. If anything some like Ip Man with Donnie Yen are among my favourite movies.
I do not recommend Dynamite Warrior unless you don't mind those Thai set-ups and are crazy for martial arts, no matter the story. I hesitated to watch it for a long time (over 1 year) and still it was exactly what i tough it was. Back to the pawnshop...next.
Run! Bitch Run! (2009)
The movie we never needed...
The synopsis caught my eyes and i was able to find this movie. I was expecting something like I spit on your Grave or Last House on the left. To be totally honest i never saw the originals and only the remakes. Yet this movie was made in the 2000s, so well...
Turned out to be a very amateurish movie in every sense of the term. The movie got this "high school project" vibe as the camera, directing and everything look pretty amateur, and the main actress acting... holy cow...
Seriously i couldn't get involved in anything that was happening. As she is getting rape she looks bored to death and i dunno, she just ain't believable at all. The other girl that get murdered at the beginning seem way more genuine in her acting.
The movie also got a fair share of nudity and the girls are not unpleasant to the eyes, but when this is your movie highlight, there is definitely a problem.
If you watch a movie like that, you want the girl to get her revenge, to make them pay, here i didn't had any feeling what so ever. The characters are just too cartoonish and well, if i would be Jeremy Jahn i would give it "Not remember it in T-minus 15 minutes, yet already forgot" ratings, barely escaping his worst rating that i can't type here cause it got prohibited words it seem...
I will give it a 4 and give it the benefit of the doubt because it seem to know its place, and its after all indeed an amateur movie... and well that machete to the ass was actually original...
But unless the genre really appeal to you, you can skip this one.
Tom yum goong 2 (2013)
A lot better than the review may suggest
Seriously, i am stunned to see such bad critics of this movie. Lets put cards on the table right away tough, is this as good as the first one? No, of course now. Does the CGI looked bad? Yes it does. Is the story pretty weak? Yeah, like 90% of the Thai martial arts movies that i watch... But does the martial arts is bad? Hell NO !! Seriously, if you compare the movie to the first one, sure you won't find the same awesomeness, the first Protector was one of its kind, with the staircase scene, bigger badder dudes always stronger than the one before almost feeling like a video game, and Tony beating the odds every time. But still this movie does have some very cool fight scenes, the black guy call No.2 is pretty impressive and overall its another non stop martial art fest. Only the motocross scene at the beginning felt like its going way too long and it gets ridiculous, but the rest is rather pretty good. For example there is a scene in a flaming building, the CGI is bad yes, but the fight scene itself is pretty cool.
As for the story, yes they did try to complicate the story a little too much to the point it remain uninteresting but also confusing, and yes its weird to see "RZA" as the villain. The guy can hold his ground in a martial arts movie maybe as sub-boss number 3, but the main villain, opposing Jaa? Feel weird really. He ain't no Johnny Nguyen.
I dunno, maybe because of such the negative critics that i saw on this movie i watched it with very low expectation, but it turned out that i had lots of fun. You just have to take it for what it is, a martial arts extravaganza with a thin plot line that really is there to put a semi reason on all the fights going on.
In no way does it deserve all the bad reviews it got.
Light hearted, adventure for family.
When my friend mentioned to me there was a Scorpion King 4, he said this was a Nanar, which is a french word they use in France, with the equivalent in English that could be "movies there so bad there good" but at the same time, its not exactly that.
First of all the movie is made to be an action adventure comedy, with a huge emphasis on comedy. Its been so long i have not seen the first Scorpion King with Dwayne Johnson, i can't remember exactly but i am sure it was not that "on the comedy aspect" if i can say.
It seem the cast just had fun with this one, its almost like watching a Disney cartoon with real persons. If you can remember Hercules the Legendary Journeys with Kevin Sorbo, well this is close to that.
So could we really call it a "Nanar"? Not really cause it seem they really knew what they wanted to do and they did just that. Honestly i had fun watching it, the characters where cool, and sure at times i was like "oh common really?" but always with a smile. Its just a good family fun time.
Just don't expect anything serious and you should enjoy it.
Decent, fun to follow, nothing brilliant tough...
Honestly the concept is awesome, but the execution... that is probably what left me "meh". First of all the drug part at the beginning.. that was hard to get by. I mean if Lucy can seen as a superhero(not really the point of the movie) i feel her "mutation" happened in a very stupid way. Even in a marvel movie i would had say "ok... yeah right..." Lucy and Freeman's characters are fine, but the bad guys are just bad caricatures of Asian Gangsters...
As for the rest, well the movie did kept me interested, but i felt a bit like in a Nolan movie without the "Nolanization" as this movie had such a great concept and could had run 2 hours and a half but was super short... Also, its a bit disappointing i had the feeling Lucy was more likable before she got "juiced", after that she became such a stoic character.
In any case this review may seem a bit more on the negative, but actually i had a "good time" with the movie as it was entertaining and good for a pop corn movie, but it could had been so much more... thats where it hurts. And your lead is Scarlett Johanson... do a lot more with her cmon !! Anyway decent movie, not bad or anything, just not as great as i had hope. Could had use 45 mins more(at least) of run time, with maybe a couple more action sequences as well.
Bounty Killer (2013)
Pretty fun really !!
I manage to find this movie after seeing Mercenaries, a movie starring Zoe Bell and Kristanna Loken. I tough for a low budget from the Asylum it was pretty fun so i looked at Kristanna's latest movies and found this one.
Well when it comes to Kristanna, lets just say she is wasted... Any random good looking passable actress would had do, and don't expect her to do any action scenes in this. Very disappointing. Its like they somewhat casted her because of her name, but still is she that "known" really? I mean, its the kind of role you would expect a well known B-actress with a huge fan base to fill in. Pretty much like Cynthia Rothrock did in Mercenaries.
In any case, pass the initial disappointment for Kristanna, the movie was actually quite enjoyable. The lead actress is not only very hot, but had a pretty bad ass style and with a name like Mary Death, how can you go wrong? :) The other main actor was pretty likable, and his sidekick too. The action is very decent, there is a couple hot who looks a bit CGI too much but considering how gory and bloody they go, i was pretty satisfied with the overall style.
Some people said the acting was not too good, well i saw the movie dubbed in french, can't really comment but I'm usually not too hard on this, as anything passable suits me when it comes to B action movies.
Overall, saw it was based on a graphic novel, never heard of it, but it was pretty fun, a good fun pop corn action movie with likable leads and a story your interested in. That how those should be done !!
Surprisingly entertaining !!!
This movie is call Mercenaries, but the version i have is really call Expendabelles 3.0. Basically this continue the tradition of THE ASYLUM of copying stuff if i can say, even tough the real Expendabelles is not even out(or will it ever be?) But truth is, this was actually pretty fun. Sure the scenario is really over the top cartoonish, and in no way believable, but i actually enjoyed the action, following those girls around and so on. Got to see it as somewhat of a comic book movie or something.
Bridgette Neilson do her job fine as the villain, Zoe Bell is pretty good as the main heroine. I knew this girl could be believable in those kind of roles. She is a former stunt woman and her acting is actually pretty good, surprisingly. Looking at her on screen make you believe she is indeed a tough chick. Kristanna Loken got this super sexy look but combine with a tough chick side as well, i loved her character. Actually i enjoyed pretty much all "main characters" in the movie.
My only grip is i was hoping for more Cynthia Rothrock, yeah well i got the movie because her name was in it, mostly, been a fan for years, and she do her job fine, but i wish her part would had more action even tough i knew she was not part of the main cast. Also at some point there is way too much slowmo while Zoe fight, which i would had like to see more in real time, more brutal if i can say.
But overall considering its a cheap low budget action movie, im pretty surprise at what they did, and never was i bored, i had fun, its cheese to the max, its pop corn sure, but its fun. Take it for what it is and you will have a good time.
Some may ask why a 7? Well because i don't rate on movie quality and budget, i rate on how much a good time i had, if a movie entertain me, and i had a good time watching it, its a 7. If its really awesome and i want to watch it multiple time, its a 9. I give 4 or below to only movies i was bored and i tough where bad, and no i don't gives below 4 unless i really hate the movie. So yeah, this got a 7 because i enjoyed watching it.
The Equalizer (2014)
A nice movie overshadowed by competition
Honestly, i had fun watching this. There is probably plot holes and impossible stuff but who care? Its made to be an action type of movie. Yet that is the small problem i found in it. Its an action movie but the pacing is very slow. There is a few action scenes here and there, but way too few of them and sometimes even off screen...
On the other hand the story is nice, Denzel play his part very good, Chloe do the job even tough the role is small. But maybe its because i saw John Wick before, i couldn't help myself but to compare the 2 and its obvious when you do, you realize one is an action fest on testosterone, the other a nice movie but that do lack something.
The premise is not the same but similar, the bad guys are both Russian mobs, in both case the protagonist is a guy with super skills... And if i got to pick one, yes John Wick was much superior for me. But that does not mean Equalizer is not a good movie. Like i said, i had a good time, the movie is over 2 hours long yet i was not bored, despite it being slow paced. The character is interesting, the main bad guy acting and presence is nice, although i had higher hopes for him, and basically its what it is, just a good action movie.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
Not as worst as i tough yet... not as good as 90s
I will be honest i tough this was gonna be crap. Yet somewhat i appreciated the humour of the turtles and like there persona. But the rest... the plot was garbage... Why make the turtle giant? The Foot seem like zero threat as even there firearms do nothing. Robot Shredder has the persona of a broom... this just lead to awful CGI fighting that does not even look real. The character is never showed development...
His daughter is in the movie, i know very few of the recent cartoons but i played the couple games about them and even tough she is in she do nothing to make her presence be worth at all.
April is not so bad considered its Megan Fox... but the back story given is somewhat disappointing, i wish they would keep it like in the past.
The story felt sooooo rushed... i wish we would had time to bond with the turtles...
In any case, i had some chuckles, i liked the way the turtles spoke and such... so yeah it wasn't a bad time, thus why the 6, but it got too much the feeling of a Micheal "cgi" Bay sadly...
Far from Dolph's best, not the worst either but ...
I watch pretty much all those B action movies i can find, even tough i know some will be mediocre and very low budget. More often than not they got a little something to catch me in, no matter if its Seagal, Van Damme, Lundgren or some others like that. Sometimes i actually enjoy them a lot.
This movie is just below the middle of those. I tough the plot was really "streched" to fit the movie, the character over the top overacted but not in a good way. Take Van Damme's Ennemies Closer bad guy character, he was over the top but hilarious and kick ass. Here the bad guy was just getting on my nerve from being so retarded.
But the movie has a couple little surprises and Dolph even tough pretty "ordinary" do a correct job as the lead. Somewhat i just didn't felt for the other characters at all, either because the villains where so corny and cartoon or the character development was just too poor.
Also i must note i didn't saw such bullet spraying all over the place and target missing since Commando... Seriously the bad guys couldn't hit the characters 10 feet away barely moving. It was sad to look at. Its like the bullets where just deflecting on an invisible barrier...
In any case like i said, i saw worst from Dolph, but i saw much better, and im only counting his low budget DTV movies, not expendables and such.