Movie Review TYG2 3D
Genre: Action, Thai martial arts, comedy
Language: Thai, English
Subtitles: English, Malay, Chinese
Running Time: 104 minutes
Director-writer: Prachya Pinkaew
Cast: Tony Jaa, Yanin "Jeeja" Vismitananda, RZA, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Marrese Crump
Probably Tony Jaa's worst movie thus far. The simple search-for-lost-elephant plot of the first film was basically reused with a lousy attempt to overcomplicate the premise that created only embarrassing plot holes and unintentionally hilarious scenes. Thanks to the horribly digitalised and CGI sequences, this over-the-top action flick is far from gritty compared to Jaa's previous films. The fight choreography is decent but there's nothing that hasn't already been done before, or already been done better, by Jaa. The long awaited on-screen partnership between Jaa and the adorable ass-kicker "Jeeja" Yanin is not too disappointing but there's practically no development for her character and very little conversation between them. Simply put, Tom Yum Goong 2 is poor excuse for 3-D Thai action that's totally unnecessary and would only make the genre uncool. Also, the first film helps with animal abuse awareness, this sequel doesn't seem to have any purpose besides cashing in.
Malaysian marketing: "Real fighter, real action, Muay Thai rules" is the slogan on the poster here, but it's more like the total opposite of all that. This just proves that the promoters of this film are either ignorant or unethical with their work. One, Tony Jaa started his career as a stuntman, he was never a fighter. Two, the action in this movie are definitely way more unrealistic than any of his previous films. And finally, I believe the martial art used by Tony Jaa in his movies is more towards Muay Boran instead of Muay Thai, which to be fair, was a gimmick since the first Ong Bak.
Subtitle woes: "Remember, stay hungry, stay stupid," = "Jadi lapar dan bodoh." Did they get their janitor to do the job for them?
Synopsis: The sequel to "Tom Yum Goong", Tony Jaa is the hard-hitting Kham. Kham is the last in long line of guards who once watched over the King of Thailand's war elephants. Traditionally, only the perfect elephants could successfully help defend the throne, after his harrowing quest to retrieve the elephants, Kham returns to his village to live in peace. But for someone as good in martial arts as him, peace is but a wishful thought...