Ong Bak 3: The Final Battle

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Rating: R

Starring:
Tony Jaa as Tien
Primorata Dejudom as Pim
Nirut Sirichanya as Master Bua
Petchtai Wongkamlao as Mhen
Dan Chupong as Bhuti Sangkha
Chumphorn Thepphithak as Uncle Mao
Sorapong Chatree as Chernung

Directed by Tony Jaa and Panna Rittikrai

Special Features:
Theatrical Trailer

HDNet: A Look at Ong Bak 3

Other Info:
Widescreen (2.35:1)
Dolby Digital 5.1 Sound
Thai and English Languages
Spanish and English Subtitles
Running Time: 94 Minutes

The Details:
The following is the official description of the film:

“Picking up at the cliffhanger ending where ‘Ong Bak 2′ leaves off, Jaa ramps up the epic supernatural elements of the previous film, while still maintaining the trademark bone-crunching action that the series is known for. This time he must face his ultimate enemy: a fierce supernatural warrior named “Demon Crow,” played by fellow martial arts sensation Dan Chupong (‘Born to Fight’ and ‘Dynamite Warrior’). Eagerly anticipated by martial arts aficionados for some time, the matchup of Jaa and Chupong is explosive.”

“Ong Bak 3: The Final Battle” is rated R for strong violence and bloody images.

Mini-Review:
So I never saw “Ong Bak” or “Ong Bak 2: The Beginning.” Despite this, I figured I’d be able to watch “Ong Bak 3: The Final Battle” and follow it. After all, I was mainly watching it for the fight scenes, not the story. So as it started with a spectacular fight scene involving Tien attempting to escape from his captors, I figured I was getting exactly what I was hoping for. But then the movie slowed down, got into a lot of character driven moments, and started featuring characters that I had no idea who they were. By the time the fight scenes rolled around again, I was pretty bored with “Ong Bak 3.” All of the character moments would have been great if it was actually a good story, but it wasn’t, especially without the backstory from the first two movies. And as impressive as the fight scenes are, the rest of the movie is not worth enduring to check them out.

I’d really only recommend “Ong Bak 3: The Final Battle” to fans of Tony Jaa, people that saw the first two movies, and die-hard fans of martial arts movies. Everyone else should probably skip this.

The DVD of “Ong Bak 3: The Final Battle” has almost no bonus features. All you get is an HDNet ‘making of’ video. It’s interesting, but if you were hoping for more you’ll be very disappointed.

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