Ong Bak 3: The Final Battle [Import]
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ONG BAK 3 picks up where ONG BAK 2 concluded. Tien is captured and almost beaten to death before he is saved and brought back to the Kana Khone villagers. There, he is taught meditation and how to deal with his Karma, but very soon his arch rival returns challenging Tien for a final duel.
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For those who missed the plot...In Ong Bak 2 and the first half of 3, Tien is still in the world of desires and suffering (mainly for vengeance). As 3 progresses, he becomes enlightened and at peace. This is reflected in his fighting style, which becomes more calm and fluid (which is a mix between martial arts and dance movements). Demon Crow represents exactly what you'd think, and yes that fight scene which ends with the spear was all in his head. It is intended to represent the futility (although awesomely done) of rage and desires in contrast to the purpose and effectiveness (maybe a little cheesy for a minute, I'll admit) of enlightenment and harmony. All in all, a bold vision and a difficult film to make (and sell as it isn't exactly a popcorn film). I applaud Jaa on not just making another run of the mill martial arts film, and can't wait for him to back in the saddle.
Don't go by the negative reviews. Ong Bak 2 and 3 could only have been made by Tony Jaa, no one else has that skill. Anyone who said he disappoints missed some incredible stuff. He has the best timing and balance of anyone I have ever seen. Watch it, and make up your own mind!
But this movie sucks. I love Ong Bak 2, but 3 is so damn BORING.
Instead of taking the route of the second film, they focus more on supernatural aspects and more on good vs evil, rather than a story of vengeance. Half the time I was watching I was asking myself "what the hell is going on" because the subject matter is so distant from that of the first two films.
85% of the movie Jaa is crippled or recovering from being dead, so there's less fighting and more whining and tantrums about being crippled. The only decent display of action from Jaa is approximately 10 minutes before the end of the movie, and it's still not his best performance.
I would expect any Tony Jaa fan to watch this and form their own opinion. This is simply my opinion, and damn was I disappointed.
That didn't exactly happen...I had read that Tony Jaa would be fighting in a manner that it would seem as if he was boneless but it turned out he danced for the last 2/3 of the movie...I get using traditional dance and making it lethal while using the beauty of the dance but yeah that wasn't what I wanted. The epic fight that I was waiting for between him and the crow was not impressive at all.
Decent movie but not as awesome as I would have hoped...the original movie was still a whole lot better...
Fight scene with the elephants was the most jaw dropping...but you have to wait until almost the end of the movie...
This is a movie of extremes. It flops in some places and in other places, it sores to heights never before seen in this genre. But what does work, is Tony Jaa's mixing and matching of mysticism, Buddhism, spiritualism, and kick ass kick boxing. That along with the stunning visualizations takes this movie way beyond the normal realm of a normal martial arts movie.
Tony Jaa as a director, is very interesting to say the least. He experiments with a non linear story line, and for the most part, it is a bit confusing. Jaa uses flash backs and dream sequences, and sometimes it falls flat, too.
On the other hand, Tony Jaa sets new standards for Thai movie making. Being a country boy from Surin, Tony demonstrates a true understanding of rural Thai culture, and it appears he deeply respects it. In fact, this movie is laced with subtle profundities, which for the most part, will high fly high over the head of the average kick boxing fan.
As a director, Tony takes many chances - some of it works well, and then again, some of it fails badly. Tony throws caution to the wind. He is bold and vibrant when it comes to casting - this works extremely well, giving this period piece a feel of authenticity. Even better, Jaa's old comic side kick from Ong Bag 1, plays a dim wit in this movie. He provides us with occasional lighthearted laughs.
And as expected, Tony is strong when it comes to fighting and weaponry. Ong Bak 3 is loaded down with jaw dropping stunts. So much so, you almost get used to it. And unexpectedly, Tony Jaa shows he is actually capable of acting. Even more so, Jaa has a romantic interest in the movie. A major plus for an otherwise lame story line. Too bad, character development is nonexistent in Ong Bak 3. I hope in the future, Tony Jaa, the director will learn to develop a strong story line and do character build up.
Ong Bak 3 is a balancing act of turmoil and peace, dark and light, and good and evil. There is very little gray here. Sometimes the build up doesn't climax as intense as you would like. But at the end of the day, there is only one Tony Jaa. He is awesome in so many ways, and is more than enough to carry any kick boxing movie. Even the jumbled story line cannot deter Ong Bag 3 from being a spicy hot mind boggling experience. When it works, it is poetry in motion. And when it doesn't, oh well, Tony will do a stunt or two to make you forgive the flaws.