Friday, September 12, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans runs in the Friday Weekend section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Bangkok Dangerous." Want to be a Film Fan?
I guess Nicolas Cage needed some money and accepted this remake. Only for the mercy of God did it only take 1:48 minutes of useless violence. Best parts of the movie was when he dated the deaf mute lady (no dialog). Dark, grimy Thai underworld populated with assassins but without the redeeming Jet Li or Jackie Chan to spice things up. We were able to snitch up a few minutes of Will Smith's "Hancock," and that one seemed to be a blockbuster movie compared to this dark movie. Don't wait for the DVD release.
- Aldred Richner,
2 out of four stars
As an action movie, this one is fair at best. It is a remake of a 2001 Asian movie of the same name. First, we are introduced to Joe (Nicholas Cage), a cold-blooded assassin for hire who is contracted to go to Bangkok, ironically billed as "The City of Life," to kill four people for unknown reasons ("they're bad people"). In the process, he hires a delivery boy (Thai actor Shakrit Yamnarm) to shuttle his communications back and forth to his contractor, then later adopts him as his "student" to pass on his craft, very similar to Charles Bronson training Jan-Michael Vincent in the 1972 film "The Mechanic." While on his assignment, he also becomes infatuated with a local girl he meets at a drug store, I assume to show us that he's human after all. Once the shooting, severed arms, chase scenes and explosions are over, we are left with a familiar story, and a predictable ending with the exception of one grim twist. Interesting, but wait for the video.
- Steve Kalberg,
2 out of four stars
The hero of this movie makes his living as a killer. That should be enough to let you know there isn't a lot here worth watching. The moral of the movie seems to be that killing bad guys is good but he does realize that killing good guys is bad. By the end of the movie he realizes that killing for a living is a poor career choice.
Joe (Nicolas Cage) is a loner and has rules for being successful in his career that include not getting involved. The movie reveals how important it is to be connected to others and that we are social beings. People that are engaged in meaningful relationships tend not to be able to be so cold and evil. This movie is full of violence and blood but the language is surprisingly restrained for an R-rated movie.
- J. P. Zinn,