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Review of The Protector

Posted by phduffy on 2006-09-17 20:38:58
The Protector is the new movie starring Tony Jaa. You may remember him from such movies as Ong Bak. If not, realize this: Tony Jaa is amazing. Take Jackie Chan, remove the intentional cheese, and what you have left is Tony Jaa.

In the Protector, Jaa plays a man born to a father who works raising elephants for the king. In Ong Bak, Jaa had to get his Bhudda back.

Well, in the Protector, Jaa has to get his elephant back.

Okay, now Jaa is amazing. And the point of the movie is to see him be amazing. However, I'm not sure that they should ignore the plot completely. The are points in this movie in which scenes are cut in such a way that you don't see how person X goes from A to B. At the start of the movie, Jaa gets a picture of the people he thinks stole his elephant. The very next scene is him breaking into their house and fighting. There is literally no way that he would know where they live, and yet they don't explain how he found them. There's also a point, after going to Australia to find his elephant that the bad guys start speaking Mandarin. And they don't really explain the connection between the Thais and the Chinese. So I was a little disapointed that they didn't try a harder for coherence.

Of course, the upside is that the movie is all action. There's one point where Jaa is in a burning building with 2 inches of water. He fights a Capoeira guy, then a samurai shows up, and he fights him with large oversized drum sticks, then he fights Nathan Jones, the 7 foot tall former WWE wrestler, who is ripped like a bodybuilder, but 7 feet tall. Oh heck yes.

So, there's no cool chase scene like in Ong Bak, and once you've seen Ong Bak this movie doesn't appear to be quite as cool... but it's still cool. There's some nice flying knees and elbows, and some fights where it appears that he must be breaking the arms of the guy he's fighting. Perhaps that's a CIGI effect, I don't know.

Anyways, this is definitely worth a rental.