Movie Review: Bangkok Dangerous

Posted on September 30, 2009



Swapping Pawalit Mongkolpisit‘s mute Thai hitman from the original 1999 film for Nicolas Cage‘s brooding (but talking) American assassin, this version is less moody and stylized. Still, fans of Cage, and action aficionados who favor exotic locales, should find much to chew on in this unique thriller in which Cage plays a hitman.

BANGKOK DANGEROUS has an unglamorous slickness that makes it seem as if it could’ve been made in the late 1980s or early ’90s. Cage is appropriately stoic as Joe, and sports a bizarre mane of jet-black hair. The Bangkok locations are effective and the crowded nighttime streets make for exciting chase sequences. The onscreen violence is not exceptionally graphic with the exception of a realistic arm severing, and one sequence of bullets puncturing a boat as seen from underwater is beautifully shot. Most surprising, though, is the film’s final sequence, which is uncharacteristic of most American-made action yarns.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Chakrit Yamnarm, Charlie Yeung,Panward Hemmanee, Nirattisai Kaljaruek, Dom Hetrakul

Director: Oxide Pang, Danny Pang

I watched this movie the other night and I was pleasantly surprised. It wasn’t that bad at all. It was a little slow in places, but the acting was good, the story was good and the effects were good as well.
I recommend watching this movie if you like action shows with a pretty good stroy.