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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
ONLY AND EXCLUSIVELY For The Martial Arts Action Movie Junkie!!!Oct. 20 2010
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If you're looking for a film that is well-rounded in martial-arts action, humor and plot, you need to look elsewhere. The acting is mediocre at best, the story is absurd and the humor completely fails in delivery except for a couple of sight gags that may or may not bring a weak chuckle. Of course, this is to be expected and almost a standard in most low budget action films. BUT THE ACTION IS 100% AWESOME!!! Nothing but top notch fight choreography, brutal bone-crunching hits and jaw dropping free-running executed to perfection for the sole purpose of entertaining the most hardcore of martial-arts movie fans!!! Let's face it, if you're a hardcore action fan like me, you don't watch action flix for the plot. Most stories in these films are a generated excuse to break the protagonists and antagonists into a flurry of fists and kicks. The question is how to come up with the best fight or action scene to top the last one. If you're the critical action fanatic looking for the next masterpiece, keep looking. Now, if you're part of the hardcore fans, this movie was tailor made for you!!!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Highly Recommended, Very Good Martial Arts MovieOct. 10 2010
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I can't comment on this DVD specifically , having watched the British DVD release of Bangkok Adrenaline earlier this year...
It's been a long time since the first trailer appeared on the internet for Bangkok Adrenaline. So I was really pleased to get an opportunity to finally see this film. Bangkok Adrenaline features the young exciting British talent Daniel O'Neill (a former member of the Jackie Chan stunt team), who thrills with his amazing moves electrifying the screen. He free runs with agility, grace and energy, then performs unbelievable gymnastic like moves and his sheer speed , skill, kicks, punches, elbows and knees his opposition to defeat.
The action doesn't have the same kind of bone breaking brutality of Tony Jaa. Yet I found it immensely satisfying.
Between the plentiful action involved in the film there are some good and very funny scenes that kept me entertained but I won't elaborate so I don't spoil anything .
The acting is passable if nothing special from the main cast but some of the actors are pretty bad in the smaller roles. However, if you're thinking of watching this film you won't be watching it for the acting and drama. Like me your here for the action, the martial-arts and the thrills contained within. On that basis Bangkok Adrenaline is a roaring success of a movie and one I would definitely recommend watching.
Oh yeah this is an English language movie as it was filmed to be.
Easily one of the best new martial-arts films out this year!
7.5 out of 10.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
"You're not very smart, are you?"May 17 2013
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This film had been on my to-watch list for the longest time before I was finally persuaded towards a rental by the recommendation of a pal. I'm happy to say that I'll be thanking him for his suggestion, because "Bangkok Adrenaline" is quite an entertaining movie. I don't gravitate towards martial arts comedies much, even the biggest and best of them, but this one ends up being an exception. It obviously isn't everyone's cup of tea, but despite a rocky start, this freshman outing of director Raimund Huber (Kill Em All) certainly makes my day through the power of its offbeat storyline and its trainload of action.
The story: four friends vacationing in Bangkok find themselves thick in gambling debt to a mafia boss. With one week to repay their massive balance, they initiate a plan to kidnap and ransom the daughter of local millionaire (Geoffrey Giuliano, The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption), but are ill-prepared when their plot intersects with a fiendish plan of the man's own...
I wasn't sure I was going to like this movie as much as I eventually did - at least not within the first thirty minutes or so. The lead characters aren't very well defined and much of what they do outside of action scenes is either vaguely cruel or pretty stupid. However, somehow they ended up growing on me, probably as a natural result of me getting comfortable with the comedic tone of the film and because they end up becoming heroes, albeit by accident. The acting isn't great - particular dramatic offenders include Priya Suandokemai as the kidnapee, Lex de Groot (Kingdom of War) as one of the lead henchmen, and director Huber himself as one of the main four - but the unpredictable and occasionally clever writing helps make up for any performance deficiencies. The dramatic twist in the middle of the film genuinely surprised me, and it was at this (at the very latest) that I began warming up to the picture.
And even if you don't like the story, so what - the action scenes will make this worthwhile viewing for just about any cinematic adrenaline junkie. These aren't the best fight scenes ever filmed, but they're high above average. At worst, the chase scenes feel a bit like they're aping Ong-Bak and the fight choreography features a few too many facetious acrobatics, but in the end the action direction comes together for a very exciting and likeable package. I particularly enjoyed a two-against-many fight in an empty warehouse which featured some fun double-team choreography, as well as an encounter in a tight walkway wherein the performers were still somehow able to pull off some great XMA moves. More than anything, this movie is a spectacular showcase for longtime Hong Kong stuntman and first-time star Daniel O'Neil (Vampire Effect), who disappointingly seems to have disappeared off the face of the earth after the film's release. Come back, Dan! - we need more folks like you in these movies!
As proven by his later feature, director Huber definitely has a knack for this sort of flick, and the world of DTV martial arts films will definitely be a better place if this weirdo can keep on getting projects, even if they take a few minutes to get used to. It may be the forgiving martial arts enthusiast who gives this one a better score than me, but I can think of few folks who won't be able to get into this one's adrenaline ride. Give a look!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Get It For The Action OnlyFeb. 8 2011
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Bangkok Adrenaline is loaded with outstanding fight scenes and that's why Martial Arts junkies should buy this. The acting is a joke because most of the cast speaks horrible English and stumbles through lines. The comedy is poorly timed and executed and it's hard to like the four leads because they are just jerks. However, when three of them get into brawls (one of them can't fight a lick), you forget about their annoying slacker personalities. The main star, Daniel O Neill blends Muay Thai, Parkour, Capoeira, and other styles together flawlessly. He is truly amazing to watch. You might not care for his character but you have to respect his skills. He definitely deserves to appear in his own direct to dvd sagas. The story is lame as the four British anti-heroes decide to kidnap a rich guy's daughter for ransom in order to pay a huge gambling debt to a gangster while vacationing in Bangkok. The young lady's father is also a criminal and that's where the mayhem begins. So, forget about the acting, comedy and wack story. Concentrate on the action and this works. Once again, Bangkok Adrenaline is a must for Martial Arts fans.
...when the fast-forward button is your friend...April 26 2012
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Four European friends have come to Thailand for fun and frolic. Four suddenly desperate friends who, after gambling the night away, now find themselves heavily in hock to a local mobster and given just one week to come up with one million baht. These four friends are so clueless they decide to abduct a billionaire's foul-tempered teenaged daughter (Priya Suandokemai) for the ransom money. But what happens when the father decides that he wants his daughter dead and so deploys his brutal henchmen? Now all manner of random martial arts-wielding Asian thugs are gunning for these four tourists. It doesn't exactly go down like in RUTHLESS PEOPLE.
Thai action cinema isn't exactly redolent with rich, nuanced storytelling, and you have got some seriously askewed expectations if you're anticipating highbrow fare here. BANGKOK ADRENALINE falls in line with the bottom line trend. The plot stinks and meanders and tends to spring tedious plot twists on you. The dialogue is awful. The occasional stabs at humor fall flat. There's only one reason to recommend this film, and that's the cast - no, wait, the cast is mostly unlikable and comical (but not in a good way). No, the fight scenes are what you come to the show for, especially those showcasing the remarkable and highly acrobatic goon-smiting prowess of Daniel O'Neill ("Dan"). His co-star Gwion Jacob Miles ("Mike") also demonstrates capable fighting skills, but he's not as dynamic as O'Neill. Feel free to hate on the irritating other two friends, the obnoxious dreadlocked Raimund Huber ("John") and the dim-witted giant Conan Stevens ("conan"). The kidnapped girl's father, by the way, is perfectly wretched in his delivery of lines. Thankfully, the girl herself, Priya Suandokemai, is full of vinegar and is easy on the old eyeballs. But you may also roll them eyeballs when the unnecessary romance develops. In the flash over substance department, expect an abundance of wasteful (and impractical) spins and rotations performed by O'Neill and Miles before they dropkick a villain. All this aerial twirling looks cool at first but gets old after a while. More enjoyable are O'Neill's occasional bursts of parkour. I hope to see more of this guy in martial arts cinema. He's got the looks, the legit fighting creds, and sort of knows his way around a line. So, right there, he's one up on Van Damme and Seagal. It's like Daniel O'Neill is the second coming of Gary Daniels.
The DVD's bonus stuff:
- An extensive Behind-the-Scenes featurette (00:56:34 minutes, no English sub-titles)