Movie Review – Bangkok Dangerous – Cheesefest

Bangkok Dangerous

The life of Joe, an anonymous assassin, takes an unexpected turn when he travels to Thailand to complete a series of contract killings. Joe, a remorseless hitman, is in Bangkok to execute four enemies of a ruthless crime boss named Surat. He hires Kong, a street punk and pickpocket, to run errands for him with the intention of covering his tracks by killing him at the end of the assignment.

I was really looking forward to this film, maybe a revitalisation of Nicolas Cage’s career after the dogs he’s been in like Ghost Rider. The poster looked good, the concept familiar, directed by the Pang Brothers, the location exotic and the action assured..

Well so I thought, I don’t even know how it scores 5.4 on IMDB – a lot of generous people I think.

In a way the movie reminds me of one of my favourite movies of all time, Replacement Killers…it’s just about 1/10th as good. I love Nicolas Cage in The Rock and Face off (My second favourite action movie EVAR!).

Nicolas looks kinda old and out of shape, and his acting seems to be getting worse as he gets older. Why the love story with the mute 40 years old HK actress? WTF was that about – how lame.

Nicolas Cage in Bangkok Dangerous

The majority of the movie was slow, trudging along with no seeming sense, no character development and far too long between the far too short action sequences.

The plot itself was extremely dubious (ok let’s say non-existent), the setting was ok – didn’t really see much of Bangkok.

And OMG was it cheesy, what’s with the final look on the motorbike to the mute lady? Funny much? Even the action scenes managed to be cheesy, it was almost trying to be arty and stylized like a HK movie but failing really badly.

*Sigh* when are we going to be treated to a good quality action movie with a little bit of brains – the heyday of action films was definitely the 90’s.

I give it a tragic 4.5/10 – for the few action scenes, don’t watch it unless you’re willing to laugh.




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6 Responses to Movie Review – Bangkok Dangerous – Cheesefest

  1. Farina December 24, 2008 at 5:05 am #

    Hahaha. Funny review. When I saw the trailer, I knew it was gonna be B.A.D. Nicolas Cage with long hair just doesn’t cut it either. And you’re right. He looks older and older with each new movie. What’s up with that? I hope he’s not turning into Sylvester Stallone!

  2. KY December 24, 2008 at 8:56 am #

    and what’s with that hair of his?

  3. julian December 24, 2008 at 8:58 am #

    Ya, I also thought it was lame. I used to like Nicholas Cage, but haven’t seen anything much worth it recently with him in…

  4. Edi神 December 24, 2008 at 6:38 pm #

    He is getting balder and balder each days


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  5. Neil | Bartul December 29, 2008 at 11:45 pm #

    Well, I guess I won’t be watching this film. Thanks for the heads up. Makes me rather glad that two action films I actually enjoyed came out this year, The Dark Knight and Iron Man.

  6. ShaolinTiger December 30, 2008 at 2:12 am #

    Farina: Sly Stallone? He got better as he got older…more like turning into Steven Seagal!

    KY: Hair disaster, and I thought Con Air was bad.

    julian: Yah loved his earlier movies, no idea what has happened to him.

    Edi神: Nice of you to post that on every blog you could find 🙂

    Neil | Bartul: Definitely worth skipping.

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