Saturday, July 12, 2014

Film Review: Bangkok Revenge (2012)

Bangkok Revenge (Review)
Thailand/France/2012
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: No

"The story and writing are by far the worst parts of the film..."

After parents are brutally murdered and he's left for dead, Manit (John Foo) is raised and trained by a martial arts expert.

Bangkok Revenge continues as Manit seeks revenge for his parents' murder a few decades prior. So, uh, he leaves and seeks revenge. I mean, that's really everything. Manit briefly teams up with a journalist to investigate, but, really, most of the film is Manit fighting anyone who crosses his path. Eventually, he finds the conspirators who slaughtered his parents and it ends. The final fight was really good, but the actual ending was merely decent.

The story in Bangkok Revenge is bad. Not only is it unbelievably generic, but it's also contrived, illogical, and repetitive. For example, Manit can't feel emotion, like happiness or sadness, but has the passion to seek revenge. Another laughable hole was after a subway fight scene where a character magically teleports to Manit's locations. Also, the story never seems to connect -- it doesn't flow. Then, there's Manit's characteristic. The film tries way too hard to make Manit some cool action hero, filling his dialogue with cheesy one-liners. This corny character comes off as annoying and arrogant, instead of charismatic and heroic. It's kind of like a normally likable person trying to be a douchebag because it'll make him more popular or cool, which makes him worse than a natural born douchebag.

The fighting is mostly decent. There are some genuinely exciting and enthralling fight sequences in Bangkok revenge. Unfortunately, some of these fight scenes are over-edited, which makes them feel choppy and unnatural -- makes the fights lose their ferocity. Also, there's a fight around every corner. This may be great for those who only want action, but it got dull for me. Without an effective story or characters, the fights also feel ineffective. It feels like there's nothing to root for, like there's nothing on the line.

The acting is bad. John Foo has potential, but his performance is hindered by the bad writing and the bad character he plays. He's definitely physically-capable for the role, though. Thr rest of the acting is cringe-worthy bad. Everyone sound out of place and unnatural, partly due to most actors speaking English instead of their native language and partly due to the bad writing. The cinematography is mediocre, and the music is mostly ill-fitted. The fight choreography is good, but the camerawork and editing is sloppy. Writer and director Jean-Marc Minéo fails to deliver a great experience; the story is a throwaway, the characters are bad, the dialogue is laughable, and the action is somewhat hindered by technical flaws.

Overall, Bangkok Revenge is a bad martial arts action movie. It starts off somewhat promising, but the story quickly loses steam and becomes bad. The story and writing are by far the worst parts of the film, and the annoying characters don't help, either. There are some decent fights, though. I wouldn't recommend buying, but if you're a die-hard fan of martial arts movies, then I'd recommend streaming on Netflix or renting. (emphasis on die-hard.)

Score: 3/10
Parental Guide: Violence and blood, brief sex and nudity.

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