Marc Bernardin
September 06, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Protector

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
84 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/08/06
performer
Tony Jaa, David Asavanond, Phettkai Wongkamlao
director
Prachya Pinkaew
distributor
The Weinstein Company
author
Kondej Jaturanrasamee, Napalee, Piyaros Thongdee, Joe Wannapin
genre
ActionAdventure

We gave it an B-

The plot in your average martial arts flick is never more than an a thin excuse to get the hero mad enough to kick ass. But I’ve never come across one as exotically ludicrous as ”You killed my father and stole my elephant!” That’s what sends Cam (Tony Jaa) from his native Thailand, where he raised sacred pachyderms, to Australia, to settle the score. It’s silly, at times laughable, sure, but Jaa has a reckless, bone-cracking grace that transcends the film’s triviality. For fight fans, he’s worth the price of admission.

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