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  • Summary: In this heroic war epic, farmers in a small village in Siam stave off an 18th century invasion by Burmese troops.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. The vigorous Bang Rajan moves with a sure sense of direction and authority to its major culminating battle, a singularly savage and wrenching encounter that for all its bloodshed is never exploitative and concludes the film on a resounding note of tragic grandeur.
  2. Unapologetically graphic and slightly marred by an artistic awkwardness, this is a rare and worthwhile glimpse into another nation's historical legend.
  3. The story suggests a more violent "Seven Samurai," full of jungle mayhem and eloquently filmed action-movie suspense.
  4. 60
    The battle scenes are bloody, visceral, and expertly edited, though arterial spray consumes so much screen time that the numerous subplots, involving 11 legendary Siamese defenders well-known to Thais, may feel perfunctory to Westerners despite some strong performances.
  5. Might be best described as Thailand's version of "The Alamo."
  6. 50
    Choppy, cheesy historical war epic really has only a couple of things going for it, and its biggest asset remains the heroic popular legend that inspired its making.
  7. It becomes, after a while, little more than a mind-numbing bloodbath.

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  1. BangR.
    Mar 23, 2007
    10
    I cannot believe how many people have never seen this movie. It is a really great movie. Those who enjoy warrior tales of how a small force I cannot believe how many people have never seen this movie. It is a really great movie. Those who enjoy warrior tales of how a small force with alot of heart overcomes the more dominant bullying enemy should definitely watch this movie. Expand

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