Ong Bak 2: The Beginning (2009) "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… 2009-10-23 R PT115M Action/Adventure Foreign Language Tony Jaa Sorapong Chatree Magnet
Movie Review

Ong Bak 2: The Beginning (2009)

MPAA Rating: R
Ong Bak 2: The Beginning | SMILE, KID! Natdanai Kongthong plays a young Tony Jaa in Ong Bak 2: The Beginning
SMILE, KID! Natdanai Kongthong plays a young Tony Jaa in Ong Bak 2: The Beginning
EW's GRADE
B

Details Limited Release: Oct 23, 2009; Rated: R; Length: 115 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Foreign Language; With: Tony Jaa; Distributor: Magnet

''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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Originally posted Oct 21, 2009 Published in issue #1073 Oct 30, 2009 Order article reprints