Lisa Schwarzbaum
October 23, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Ong Bak 2: The Beginning

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
115 minutes
Limited Release Date
10/23/09
performer
Tony Jaa, Sorapong Chatree
director
Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai
distributor
Magnet
author
Panna Rittikrai
genre
Foreign Language, ActionAdventure

We gave it a B

”Beginning” stretches the truth: Star Tony Jaa’s splashily violent fightfest follow-up to his 2003 breakthrough martial-arts saga, Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior, qualifies as a prequel. Unlike the original, which was set in modern times, Ong Bak 2: The Beginning takes place in ancient Thailand. Other than that, don’t look for continuity of story line — just enjoy the extravagant fight stunts, the restless camera work, and the sluicing rivers of blood and mud. (That’s why you’re here, right?) Jaa, mesmerizing as ever to behold with his pinwheel moves, also (co)directs for the first time. B

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