Ong Bak had to be the one of the most fantastically realistic and awe-inspiring martial arts movie of all time. The stunts were incredibly original and fantastically choreographed. The movie is a nonstop roller-coaster-ride of action and originality. The "instant replays" were also a sweet deal. Every punch made me just cringe. The action scenes were frequent and insane. The storyline was effective, yet obviously not the main attraction. The acting was well performed with the exception of George's sister. But it was forgotten within five seconds. Ong Bak is a very good movie for a couple of reasons. It has great action, and I don't mean just the fighting. If you think it is easy to hurdle a Honda or do a double flip, and I mean two complete rotations in one jump, not just to flips in a row, you may disagree. The fighting is excellent as well. It is very well choreographed and pretty much constant throughout the film.
The thing that really sets this movie apart from most Martial arts films is the humor. It is a very funny movie, and not in the overt Jackie Chan hamming it up way we are used to seeing in this type of movie. There are some really funny moments you just don't see in action movies. There is an evil crime boss who has to talk into a microphone because of a trachea hole. There is something really funny about an evil man cursing in a monotone electronic voice. There is a low speed chase in three wheeled motorbikes with back seats that are used as taxis. And I don't mean a couple of taxis, there are like twenty. There are some really funny parts in this movie!
This movie doesn't have the story of "Crouching Tiger" or the Artistic vision of "Hero," but it is an excellent movie with a lot of humor and is full of good characters who are pretty well developed despite not spending much time in the movie not on the action. I would recommend any fan of action movies to see this film and to see it for Tony Jaa's amazing martial art skills.