Tony Jaa burst onto the scene a few years ago with the fabuolous Ong Bak and went on to star in another big hit Tom Yum Goong (aka The Protector / Warrior King). Now many years later he comes back after a semi reirement with the sequel Tom Yum Goong 2.
Firstly plot. While story is not as important in these type of films at least they could try a little bit and get a decent script. They stole his Elephant yet again? The plot makes little sense, and just leads from one action scene to another. The acting is sub par, why cant they hire at least some western actors who can actually act?.. The English dialogue is stilted and as for Rza, he is awful, why he was brought into this is anybodys guess.
What about the action? Well even that is repetitive and a lot of the fight scenes are shot and edited so you cant see at times what is happening, the over use of CGI is striking and its bad CGI at that. Tony Jaa certainly still has the skills but after a while a knee strike is a knee strike and an elbow an elbow and there a very few wow moments, unlike the first film. Character developement is zero so you really dont care about any of them (well maybe the elephant!).Writer/director Prachya Pinkaew should certainly shoulder a lot of the blame.
While Tom Yum Goong 1 was lacking in story etc at least it made up for it in the great action scenes, in this film you dont even have that apart from Jaa’s first encounter with Maurice Crump who is the only person to come out of this film with some credit and he does show great potential. Jeeja Yanin is wasted, she has a couple of fight scenes but nothing special.
One can only hope that Tony Jaa’s next few films are better otherwise i think his time has well and truly gone.