THE PLOT THUS FAR
When Boss Suchart is murdered, all evidence points to KHAM (Tony Jaa). Forced to run as he fights to clear his name, he is hunted by not only the police, but Boss Suchart’s revengeful twin nieces and LC (RZA), a crime lord with his own agenda. A sequel of the global smash-hit The Protector, this extreme fight movie is an endlessly intense, nerveracking film full of daredevil stunt scenes and amazingly choreographed fighting moves that will pump hot blood through the body of all action fans
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Protector 2″ is a film that looks like Post Production was rough as hell on it. The music choices are atrocious, some of the CG looks Scorpion King grade and there’s a lot of choices that source the Third Act. Still, it’s got Tony Jaa and some elephants. Throw in some fast knees and elbows for some killer action. The problem is that we don’t see enough of the Elephant style fighting.
Tony Jaa has spent the last decade in a bad position. He finally escaped his legendary notorious studio contract and began branching out into Western cinema. But, he had also dropped from Ong Bak level down to Chocolate grade movies. The guy who had been seen as Thailand’s version of Bruce Lee was quickly becoming another Asian action washout. What is to be done about that? Well, Tony Jaa went the David Bowie in the late 70s route and started manipulating a bad contract into something he wanted to do. While we’ve yet to see Jaa’s version of “Let Dance”, you can feel that it’s coming. For now, this is just his “Scary Monsters”.
The Blu-Ray comes with featurettes and trailers as the special features. The A/V Quality is pretty sharp, as it seems sharper than the first Protector Blu-Ray release by Vivendi ages ago. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track pops where it’s needed. But, the 1080p transfer is so clean that it makes the bad CG stand out more. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans.
RELEASE DATE: 07/29/2014