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  • This time it stars America’s least favorite actor, Nicolas Cage, who plays Joe
  • Because of his age Joe is trying to make the best out of this job but he knows things may get rough if he sticks around for longer than he should
  • As bad as this movie was I was impressed with the video
  • I think in the right role Nicolas Cage is a great actor


    • by Sami Oughanem

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      How could a film that was made in 1999 already get a remake? The Pang Brothers felt it was a perfect opportunity to remake their hit 1999 debut film, Bangkok Dangerous, for its American release. Was this a smart move from the Pang Brothers or is the original film better?

      Bangkok Dangerous is a big budget version of the Pang Brothers debut film, which so happens to be called Bangkok Dangerous as well. The brothers are back directing this film for a second time. This time it stars America’s least favorite actor, Nicolas Cage, who plays Joe. Joe is a hit man who’s in Bangkok for the last few kills in his career. Because of his age Joe is trying to make the best out of this job but he knows things may get rough if he sticks around for longer than he should.

      While in Bangkok Joe hires a local street thug named Kong. This


      street thug does Joe’s every bidding and he eventually because his pupil in the assassination game. As Joe teaches Kong he breaks one of his rules, but this won’t be the last rule Joe breaks during his last job.

      We have seen this sort of movie before. The original film had some neat ideas where the Joe character was deaf. This idea was replaced, in this version Joe is completely fine but his girlfriend he meets is not able to hear. I really don’t understand why this aspect of the film was change, now Bangkok Dangerous feels more like the action movie next door than its own action flick.

      All the parts from the original film that had conflict between Joe and his girlfriend were replaced as well. Kong’s girlfriend seems to be put in all of the dangerous situations. To me this change takes away a lot from the flair the original movie had. If anything stood out as being cleaver is missing. Now all we have is Nicolas Cage acting like an idiot with his female counterpart. Yes they did manage to find a female almost as bad as Cage, who would have thought this could happen.

      Instead of impressing the location around them, Bangkok Dangerous feels stiff with everything around it. During night sequences the movie feels like a real bad action movie. These ugly yellow lights fill the streets and all we get in return is a whole lot of nothing. It looks bad, for a movie that had a decent budget you would have expected a little more.

      By adding two cultures together, American and Asian film, this version of Bangkok Dangerous seems to be failing in the script category as well. Some of the dialogue between Joe and Kong is a bit confusing, mainly since you don’t know if Kong really means what he ...


      • Bangkok Dangerous (2008), crime thriller film
      says. Joe’s character also doesn’t seem to always fit in.

      As bad as this movie was I was impressed with the video. The transfer is excellent. The blu-ray version goes in great detail, showing off the tiniest detail in Nicolas Cage’s doll hair to the beauty marks on the aging walls in the warehouse. Bangkok Dangerous does such a good job it shows off the bad color choices the Pang Brothers used when filming the movie.

      There must have been something in the water because the audio is as good as the video. This lossless sound does a great job at making the gun fire noises sound heart pounding during the shoot out scenes. All of the action scenes in this movie come to life thanks to the sound, the end result is marvelous.

      Not really too many special features on the blu-ray version of Bangkok Dangerous. The Execution of the Film is a behind the

      scenes look at the movie and interview segments with the cast and crew. If that isn’t your cup of tea then you have From Hong Kong to Bangkok, a nice little featurette that goes into detail about the film history.

      Of course if you don’t care about all of that there is a second disc that features the entire film on standard format.

      I think in the right role Nicolas Cage is a great actor. Bangkok Dangerous is one of those films that might have been better if Cage stayed away from it. You can’t really blame everything on him this time though. Most of the films problems are due to the poor planning from the sudden remake.

      If I were you I would rent this movie first. If you enjoy it remotely then you may want to pick it up. Let’s just hope Lionsgate doesn’t decide to put out another edition of this film, once is enough.




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