Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior Movie Review
Tony Jaa and Prachya Pinkaew get together to make a movie based on the Muai Thai fighting style, which was one of the most ambitious projects ever in Thailand's history because of the national symbolism and identity of the Asian country. The result was Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, which was nothing less than a beautiful and awesome martial arts movie.
Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior give us a story of how a stolen sculpture loved by the people is enough motive for a young martial artist, called Ting, to go to Bangkok and bring it back by taking it away from a powerful drug dealer.
In this movie, everything is an excuse to display Jaa's abilities, which gives the protagonist plenty of times to shine. The music and fast pace complement Jaa's moves perfectly, making you think you are in a video game. For example, when Ting fights "bulldog" at the end, the workers in the back don't seem to care and continue working, which seems like a scene from the Street Fighter game.
Tony Jaa is spectacular in his movements. We could say Jaa is at the stature of the great but smaller starts in Jet Li and Donnie Yen than Bruce Lee in his acting and martial art interpretation. Even though, while remaining calm and without many gestures, Jaa can give you the beating of your life and with any part of his body. Yes, he fight with every part of his body, not only with his hands and feet, this guy beats you to a pulp with his elbows, his knees, his head and anything other body part that comes to mind.
His great acting and coherency mixed in with his elaborated fights and the awesome acrobatics make Ong Bak: Muay Thai Warrior an unforgettable martial arts movie.