Saturday, January 31, 2009

Bangkok Dangerous (2008) R - 3½ Stars

The movie is a remake of a popular 1999 thriller directed by the same as the original. If you are looking for action, you will probably like the movie as I feel it has plenty of it. However, I don't think it's one of Cage's best. I'm not sure I was convinced of his "relationship" with the deaf girl. Other than her being kind to him, I don't think the story makes you feel the love for her. I do however feel, Cage's stiff performance does lead to his empty character, as an assassin with no feelings. To me, it's worth the price of a rental even though it won't win any awards. Filmed entirely on location in Bangkok.

Joe (Nicolas Cage), is a quiet, private loner with no friends or social life. His goal in life is his work as a ruthless assassin. He's been hired by crime boss Surat (Nirattisai Kaljaruek), to travel to Bangkok to eliminate 4 clients. One thing that makes his job easier, he never meets with the person who hires him, but receives his direction by messenger.

Once in Bangkok, Joe meets up with a hustler named Kong (Chakrit Yamnarm). Kong will do anything to try and make a quick buck and finally learns if he can just keep his mouth shut and just do what's asked, he has a good income coming from Joe. Kong's job as messenger, gets him close to a beautiful dancer where his messages come from. Joe also meets love, in a deaf woman, as he is about to end the life of his last client. Her innocence causes Joe to start feeling again which may cost him his life.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Pang Chun
Writer: Jason Richman
Producers: Nicolas Cage, Jason Shuman, William Sherak
I viewed 1/09

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