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Harry feels karmic whiplash from ONG BAK 3, calling lawyer to sue

Hey folks, Harry here at Fantastic Fest... And my nose just got bloody from ONG BAK 3. And that is not good thing. I am on record as loving every Tony Jaa starring film from the beginning of his career, in fact two years before one of his films hit these shores I was raving about the second coming of Bruce Lee... No longer... It isn't that I don't believe in Tony Jaa as a presence on film... Dear God he is fiercely charismatic and I love watching the furor in his face while fighting, but in Ong Bak 3 there is not a single character beat,no dialogue to get to know the characters, but if you want two fists and-seven elbow blows of Buddhist philosophy and it is like that scene in Seagal's ON DEADLY GROUND when he began that 72 hour monologue on the environment... And we all contemplated seppuku and chickened out because we didn't want our bodies found in the theater that played that film.. The shame would be too much. Essentially the movie picks up at the end of the last film, you will see about 45 minutes of Tony being beaten and smashed, seemingly another 45 minutes of dumb boring as hell training and then what felt like 45 minutes of Tony Jaa kicking ass, getting his ass kicked and him kicking ass again. This film is sloppy action, sloppy shot, sloppy edited and not thought out at all for the audience of the original Ong Bak and is several flights of stairs far far far beneath the second film, so if you hated that, this is a no morphine root canal! I know the film isn't as long as I divided it up there - but it seemed like it. It felt roughly two and a half hours - and a long 2 & a half hours. Like Dentist lobby time stretching. I am currently at a table with 8 hardcore fans and we all HATED it. There really is no room for another option on this. It is terrible. I am very interested to see what happens with Tony Jaa after this, if he retired, it would be a huge shame. Please somebody woo him to a great script, a long shooting schedule and sane people at the mast.

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  • Sept. 23, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    I never thought I'd be..

    by CT1


  • Sept. 23, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST


    by KilliK

    Deadline just posted an exclusive story about the 5 names that Nolan proposed to WB to hire as a director for the upcoming Superman is the link:<br /> <p>

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    and no suprise that OB3 was crap

    by KilliK

    the movie has been released internationally for some time now and a lot of talkbackers here commented on how terrible it sees<br /> <p>and another thing: Jaa has retired for now at least,and he has become a Bhudist Monk.dont you read the talkbacks Harry at all? it has been mentioned many times here.anyway.just post the news about Superman and Nolan.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST


    by RPLocke

    There's a new Iron Man 2 scene up on Youtube. Put that up instead.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    I dont like these films


  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST

    Must have felt like...

    by DiverseNerd

    What I just went through trying to read this review. Jaysis, Harry! If you're tired, drunk or sick, we can wait until tomorrow for a review of a movie you didn't like. No one needs to know about Ong Bak 3 that badly so as to have this mess posted. Long time fan and I love the site, but come on, man!

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    This came out in Australia a while ago

    by GunslingerElite

    My review:

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    That trailer felt like 10 minutes instead of 2

    by alienindisguise

    and it looks like rotten ass.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST

    And yet, for a movie he hated,

    by Nigel_Coolbeard

    Harry still got this review up quicker than his Inception review.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST

    Yay Harry!

    by Shubniggorath

    Short, to the point, took a strong stand and supported that stand with reasons you hated it! I knew ye had it in ye, lad...

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Didn't Tony Jaa go crazy?

    by sonnyfern

    I heard he didn't want to make this movie, he was dissapearing into the forest for hours on end and coming out covered in chicken blood and he wanted to give up making movies to become a monk, but the movie company got the mafia to threaten his ass and he was scared into finishing this...any truth to all of this?

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Jaa retired and become a Monk.

    by SamBlackChvrch21


  • Sept. 23, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST

    Too much Ong, not enough Bak...

    by Jesus

    I'm not even exaggerating when I say this...60% of the movie is Tony Jaa meditating in slow motion. No shit. 10% is slow motion dancing.

  • Sept. 23, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Fuck Tony Jaa!!! Donnie Yen is where it's at!!

    by samuraiyao

    All Tony Jaa movies sucked donkey ding dong... The best fights are in Ong Bak the first one.. Everything after that was just fucking bullshit... Donnie Yen is the muthafucka and his movies shows it!!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Just a quick question?

    by verbalintercourse

    Harry, I love your reviews, but why all the backlash on Ong Bak 3? Seriously, what's the difference between 2 and 3? I loved the first one, but hated the second one. It was a mess. And I saw the "right" version.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 12:55 a.m. CST

    great, sold!

    by hey...jonboy

    going to see it now. harry hated it. has to be good

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:53 a.m. CST

    Yeah, part 3 is just as bad

    by hatemphd

    ... as part two. I think Ja directed both of them. <p> I don't even think i can list all the reasons why the last 2 sucked. I thought since maybe i wasnt from Thai Land I was missing key cultural references or something, but my thai friend told me everyone saw the movie over there and hated it too. But they loved part 2, so eh.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:22 a.m. CST

    Isn't he also out of shape now?

    by Mr. Profit

    I heard he lost his muscle and looks pathetic in this film. True?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST

    Why the fuck...

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    ...are they making these period pieces?!? ONG BAK was rooted in present day reality, now we get a historical fantasy action crapfest. <p>WTF?!?

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 5:29 a.m. CST

    Shame. I think he needs to get back to a modern day setting.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 6:12 a.m. CST

    @alienindisguise & @samuraiyao

    by UrbanSamurai

    Word on that, couldn't have said it better myself!! And @sonnyfern: Based on the "quality" of 2 and 3 this could be true. If so, I hope someone makes Jaa's story into a movie, now that would be cool!!

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST

    Awful, awful, awful, movie

    by UGG

    really awful. Tony lost it. And to think people where comparing him to the likes of Jackie and Jet. Ha, well he's a hell of a martial artist, but as a martial arts movie maker he aint got the chops sorry.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 7:58 a.m. CST

    by bitdog

    This basically explains what happened. A great pity as Jaa has so much talent. I can only hope he learns from the experience.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST

    Poor Tony Jaa was traumatized after Filming Ong Bak 2

    by DarfurOnTheRocks2

    The process was so bloody long that I suspected that Jaa just phoned it in for Ong Bak 3...

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Harry, read the incredible story about Ong Bak 3

    by antonphd

    bitdog provided the link: what tony is going through right now is right out of a movie. he's basically sought refuge from his slave contract by becoming a monk until the contract runs out. tony is a fucking victim of Ong Bak 3.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Uhh, dude...

    by yesiamaplant He's already done. Some fan.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST

    Number 2 was brutal

    by Adelai Niska

    long stretches of boring topped off with "This movie is over, but if you think good thoughts, the hero will return in a different movie."

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    Two had good fights but horrible story.

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    This doesn't surprise me. Don't know what these have to do with the original. I hear Ong Bak 4 takes place in space.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:33 p.m. CST

    speaking of hard to sit through

    by AzzyAzzy

    your writing is rough use more periods use less ands but at least it isn't all about how you got an iPad

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    He's delusional

    by PorkChopXpress

    This is the problem. Jaa is the one in charge, now...and he is delusional. As a film creator, he is on a level below Ewe Boll. His physical abilities are beyond question, but the guy is a nut job.

  • Sept. 24, 2010, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Too bad...

    by HoichiTheEarless

    There don't seem to be any young martial arts stars ready to take the mantle. Jaa was the youngest one who'd shown the physical abilities to do be a true martial arts star. To the guy pimpin' Donnie Yen... the dude is almost 50 years old.

  • Oct. 1, 2010, 11:36 p.m. CST

    Ong Bak 3 was fucking awesome Harry..

    by samuraiyao

    Really that bad??? What was better in Ong Bak 2? The 3rd one was Tony Jaa backed to elbowing form instead of using weapons...

  • Oct. 14, 2010, 11:53 a.m. CST


    by Keltron

    We need a Master of Kung Fun movie with Tony Jaa as Shang-Chi!