With patriotic American movies I often get annoyed at the constant propoganda and self-justification of what's often not really all good, but patriotic Thai movies? I get inspired.
Maybe it's because they're fighting among themselves? They're not bringing in any involuntary party to their battle. It's not America VS The World, but rather a classic clash between the essential good and bad... and sometimes it's not all that obvious. It depends on which side you stand. In this case though, yeah, it's most definitely a clear case of good and pure evil.
And it's awesome! It might not be as awesome as the first time I watched it, but seeing it again, and feeling like it still is... that's gotta mean something! The stunts being real (like that one guy very barely evading getting his head crushed under a truck) has a lot to do with it, but it's not just that. It's the energy. It's the intent. It's savage!
Thai movies. Man. They're on their own level. If you haven't seen any before now's a good time as any to get started, and apart from this I'd highly recommend the original Ong-Bak and Chocolate.
What starts as a friendly expedition to a rural town soon turns to a hostage take over, but fortunately the expedition there are masters of martial arts, and other sports, and athletes, and then there's the police officer, ready to light that final spark.
It's gritty. It's dusty. It's a bad ass battle, like Ong-Bak on steroids. If you loved the early days of HK action you'll enjoy this! The red thread may squiggle, but the energy's there. It's in the title as much as it is in the movie, and although I don't recognize a single name on the cast list I love them all. Great watch.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle