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      Bangkok Dangerous
    Bang half-cocked

    "Bangkok Dangerous" is not as dangerous as its makers would like you to think — it's a predictable Thai gangster flick that's aimed more at Hollywood studios than your mind.


    The fact that the directors of "Bangkok Dangerous" expect audiences to sit through their bland, previously chewed Hollywood calling card is enormously offensive. Directed by brothers Oxide and Danny Pang, this Thai hitman flick has a million different styles all happening at the same time, which wouldn't be a problem except that the story and characters are so cloyingly cliched and infinitely pointless that the experience is like staring at a flickering fluorescent bulb for ninety minutes. Ultimately, "Bangkok Dangerous" is a zombie. Hungry for the cash of the living it stumbles after you, reaching its decaying fingers out for your wallet.

    Directed by: Oxide Pang, Danny Pang.
    Cast: Pawalit Mongkolpisit, Premsinee Ratanasopha, Patharawin Timkul, Pisek Intrakanchit.
    In Thai with English subtitles.

    Related links: Official site
    If you can keep your eyes open (many in the audience I saw it with couldn't) you will see the following story unfold:

    Kong is a mute hitman living in Bangkok. He has become desensitized to the killings he carries out for The Boss. One day he meets the beautiful and sensitive Fon. Through his romance with Fon, Kong learns to regret his actions. Can Kong and Fon find happiness together? Can Kong leave his hitman's life behind? Didn't we see this movie about a hundred times in the '90s?

    Made for $800,000, this flick mostly unfolds in slow motion, which has the unfortunate effect of making it feel ten hours long, giving it plenty of time to hit every cliche on the way down. A mute hitman? Redeemed through the love of a child-like woman? A sacrificial shootout at the end? The novelty of its Bangkok location is just that: a novelty. With all the cultural depth and resonance of a whoopee cushion this movie could've been shot in an NYU dorm room. Instead of a new take on an old genre, a breath of fresh air, an invigorating jolt of adrenaline, or a new way of looking at the world, we get the cinematic equivalent of the opening of a new McDonald's. The performances (and the film itself) are completely plastic: mass-produced and featureless. Everything onscreen here stinks like a carton of milk way past its expiration date.

    NOVEMBER 23, 2001

    Reader comments on Bangkok Dangerous:

  • hummm   from janelle, Mar 26, 2002
  • Re: hummm   from phonzarelli, Apr 3, 2002
  • Re: hummm   from joe, Apr 7, 2002
  • Re: hummm   from Mananya, Apr 8, 2002
  • Re: hummm [?]   from anon, Jul 25, 2002
  • Re: hummm [?]   from L, Oct 8, 2002
  • a movie made by genious men   from Dash, Jun 8, 2002
  • Re: a movie made by genious men   from phonzarelli, Jul 19, 2002
  • Re: a movie made by genious men   from freeman, May 13, 2005
  • Bankok Dangerous   from Priscilla, Jul 27, 2002
  • Re: Bankok Dangerous   from karnak, Aug 11, 2002
  • Re: Bankok Dangerous   from johan, Sep 23, 2002
  • hollywood in denial   from Diederik, Sep 2, 2002
  • BANGKOK Dangerous   from L, Oct 8, 2002
  • This review is a load of crap   from Blake Cheetah, Nov 1, 2002
  • Excellent Review - True!   from showman, Nov 11, 2002
  • True art   from simon, Apr 20, 2004
  • Moron   from Bucky, Aug 14, 2004
  • bangkok dangerous   from Jacob De Groot, Sep 29, 2005
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