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Bangkok Dangerous (2008)

Written By Awir Aditya on Thursday, July 1, 2010 | 9:51 PM


Genre: Crime/Drama/Action/Thriller

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Shahkrit Yamnarm, Charlie Yeung, Panward Hemmanee, Nirattisai Kaljaruek

A cold-hearted American hit man Joe (Cage) follows a set of very strict rules set by himself, which lets him execute his work with near perfection. He is called by a Bangkok gang lord, Surat (Kaljaruek) to execute four jobs for him. Joe hires a pickpocket, Kong (Yamnarm) to be his messenger between him and Surat. Joe tries very hard to stick to his rules but finds himself constantly deviating from them. He breaks his first rule by falling in love with a deaf and mute pharmacy store clerk, Fon (Yeung) who is unaware of his genuine profession. He then breaks his second rule by becoming close friends with Kong and starts training him in weaponry and fighting. He soon realises that breaking his rules is leading to negative consequences but finds himself unable to control them. The movie is noticeably slow and has a very deep and profound feeling to it. Perhaps if it refrained from being so, the movie with its decent plot could have been a much better watch. Nicolas Cage looked too old to execute the role and failed to perform stunts and action sequences with the sort of fluidity that was required. The story of a hit man who flouts his rules and later repents it, is a tried and tested story but yet the movie doesn't make you feel that the plot is entirely predictable. The movie is an English remake of the 1999 Thai film with the same name with the same directors.

Thumbs up: Decent plot with good scope
Thumbs down: Tries to be profound and ends up messing the entire movie

Rating: 5.9/10
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