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
Sept. 23, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST
Deadline just posted an exclusive story about the 5 names that Nolan proposed to WB to hire as a director for the upcoming Superman movie.here is the link:<br /> <p>http://bit.ly/dmb4jq
Sept. 23, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST
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
There's a new Iron Man 2 scene up on Youtube. Put that up instead.
Sept. 23, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST
Sept. 23, 2010, 10:03 p.m. CST
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
My review: http://tinyurl.com/242r6ur
Sept. 23, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST
and it looks like rotten ass.
Sept. 23, 2010, 10:27 p.m. CST
Harry still got this review up quicker than his Inception review.
Sept. 23, 2010, 10:28 p.m. CST
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
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
Sept. 23, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST
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
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
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
going to see it now. harry hated it. has to be good
Sept. 24, 2010, 1:53 a.m. CST
... 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
by Mr. Profit
I heard he lost his muscle and looks pathetic in this film. True?
Sept. 24, 2010, 2:46 a.m. CST
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
by Mr Nicholas
Sept. 24, 2010, 6:12 a.m. CST
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
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.
This basically explains what happened. http://tinyurl.com/2adpcj7 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
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
bitdog provided the link: http://tinyurl.com/2adpcj7 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
http://twitchfilm.net/news/2010/05/ong-bak-star-tony-jaa-joins-the-monkhood.php He's already done. Some fan.
Sept. 24, 2010, 10:36 a.m. CST
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
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
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
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
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
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
We need a Master of Kung Fun movie with Tony Jaa as Shang-Chi!
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