Bullet Points: Bangkok Revenge
Rarely have I ever started a movie and quit because it was so bad but this was one of those times where it almost happened. It was only after I saw John Foo, star of Bangkok Revenge fighting Tony Jaa in The Protector that I decided to give it one more try. I wish I could say that I’m happy that I did. So get ready for some almost Thai action in Bangkok Revenge!
The Gist: When a young boy’s family is brutally slain and he is left for dead, a sympathetic nurse and a martial arts master raise the boy secretly in a small Thai village. After perfecting his fighting ability, the boy sets out for revenge on those who took his parents life. In the city of Bangkok, danger lurks around every corner.
They do what any sane person would do when faced with a tragedy…learn martial arts for the next 20 years and get revenge.
The Cast: John Foo…he didn’t really speak Thai. He had an English accent yet he played a Thai person. Not a good casting decision. The fight scenes weren’t anything special but they were ok. They were obviously sped up and cut like crazy. I still don’t get why they had the white guy who turned out to be some sort of French detective. It’s not like he used his skills in anyway. He just disappears and pops up at the end for two minutes. Foo had the charisma of a pair of toe-nail clippers. The guy just straight up sucked. I feel like they knew he couldn’t act for shit so they made him “not be able to feel emotions”. That is just the laziest thing I’ve ever heard of. It doesn’t make sense why he would even want revenge if he couldn’t feel feelings?? Is revenge no longer a feeling? Do the film-makers know what feelings are? Why would he want to save the blonde girl if he doesn’t care about her? Why did I finish watching this movie?
John Foo = Asian looking Channing Tatum.
The Villain: I’m not real sure who the villain was in this on. Foo just kinda walked around getting jumped by random police officers and gangs. There was someone who set up his dad and killed some people but I don’t even know what his name was. They tried to make some of the gangs unique by having one all female gang be the focus for a while, but it was a serious miss and I didn’t really give a shit about any of them. In fact, I would say that the main character was so bad that I was just hoping that he would somehow get killed by the tranny.
This was the fearsome gang that everyone was afraid of???
The Action: This was one terrible movie. It took me two views to get through it. I wasn’t going to finish it but I saw some reviews that claimed it had a serious amount of fight scenes so I thought I’d give it a second try. Well, there were a lot of fight scenes but none of them meant anything for the plot or characters. I’m not usually the guy who complains about plots in action movies but this was just pure garbage and even I have to draw the line somewhere. Even the action that wasn’t absolutely terrible was unremarkable at best.
I love nothing more than a good training sequence…this is not a good training sequence.
Take it Home:
- Background: John Foo is Irish/Chinese. He was born in London, England.
- Once is enough: I originally saw Foo play “Wushu fighter” in The Protector. I wish I had stopped there.
- What’s your name again?: Foo’s character is so bad that I didn’t mention his name one time during this review.