Inside an email from representatives for Magnet Releasing telling me Apple was hosting the brand new teaser trailer for Ong Bak 2: The Beginning there is a quote from Film School Rejects that reads “It is the single most exhilarating, jaw-dropping action movie ever made. Period.” I sought out the review the quote came from and it is from Rob Hunter’s SXSW review of the film and the quote actually reads: “It is the single most exhilarating, jaw-dropping, and ball-tingling action movie ever made. Period.” I’m not sure if Rob Hunter has seen every action movie ever made to make such a claim, and I also don’t know if his adjectives preceding his final declaration are meant to actually categorize the film (such as to say an action film can actually be better than Ong Bak 2, but not be as ball-tingling), but it sounds like the gauntlet has definitely been thrown down as Magnet is obviously using that quote to promote the film on its way to a September 25 VOD, XBOX Live and Amazon debut, prior to its October 23rd theatrical release.
The film is declared Ong Bak 2, but the newly attached subtitle lets us know it is actually a prequel to the 2005 actioner starring Tony Jaa that introduced the Muay Thai expert to American audiences. He followed that film up with the disappointing, yet bone-crunching feature The Protector in 2006. What’s Ong Bak 2 all about? Glad you asked… it’s about kicking ass and lots of it. Check out the trailer below and get a taste.
Is Ong Bak 2 the greatest action movie ever made? Doubt it and I don’t plan on ever making such a declaration, but if it is anything like the first one I expect it to have a plot that hangs by a thread yet manages to entertain me the entire time.