Metascore
24

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 16
  2. Negative: 9 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    60
    Bangkok won't be making any appearances at the Oscars, but it is executed with skill and -- a severed limb or two notwithstanding -- without too much bloody excess.
  2. Reviewed by: Jordan Mintzer
    50
    Without the technical nastiness and fatal realism that made the initial film so compelling, the remake feels like a hollow excuse to present the myriad ways in which a bullet can pierce a cranium, rather than an edgy portrait of Third World violence.
  3. Doesn't work because it isn't much of a ride. The action scenes are strictly by rote. The incidental characters are all incidental.
  4. 40
    Parts of Bangkok Dangerous, far from seeming unfamiliar or freshly stylized, offer nothing that you couldn't catch in an episode of "CSI."
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    40
    Pretty much all the things that made the original so original are filtered out of this un-original.
  6. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    40
    I didn't hate this film. I didn't find it to be a waste of time or brain waves. Given the reasons I saw the film, I suppose I'm 50% disappointed.
  7. Reviewed by: Joshua Katzman
    40
    While the film includes several exciting, creatively shot action scenes, the drama is otherwise so shopworn that the violent climax is a relief.
  8. 30
    Of all the shoddy, insipid qualities of Bangkok Dangerous, the most egregious is the most fundamental: The film is simply dreadful to look at.
  9. 30
    I'm beginning to suspect there's some sort of ancient, or at least post-Pearl Harbor, curse in play that stops genre-oriented Asian filmmakers from creating anything of all but the most negligible merit once they hit the California shore.
  10. 25
    Dimly lit, emotionally empty, and devoid of thrills, Bangkok Dangerous should disappoint Cage fans looking for Wicker Man-style camp thrills just as thoroughly as action buffs looking for a passable thriller. It's never close to good, and it can't even get bad right.
  11. 25
    A morose, slow-moving action picture.
  12. As a cinematic experience, it's like being locked in a coffin for an hour and a half.
  13. Adds to the sad realization that this once-vibrant and witty actor (Cage) is completely controlled now by his inner teenager.
  14. Reviewed by: Tim Grierson
    20
    Another of those dopey crime thrillers where the hardcore, bad-ass antihero inexplicably decides one day to lower his guard and open his heart, causing all kinds of hell to break loose.
  15. 12
    Bangkok Dangerous is bad without lifting a finger toward interesting. The trouble with it is that the people who've made it don't appear to understand life enough to allow any of it into their movie. This is an airless affair.
  16. The filmmakers even manage to turn seamy Bangkok into the least exotic setting imaginable.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 56 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. Nov 3, 2011
    3
    "Bangkok Dangerous", a action kookie based on the 2001 movie with the same title, is terrible. It's cliched and fails to handle all the action"Bangkok Dangerous", a action kookie based on the 2001 movie with the same title, is terrible. It's cliched and fails to handle all the action into one piece. Most of all, Nicholas Cage performed terribly with a stone cold face. Trust me; If you watch this, you're weird. Full Review »
  2. RonaldS
    Oct 26, 2008
    3
    Do all of the other customers who come into the Pharmacy know sign language? And the hardened Assassin is going to just fall completely head Do all of the other customers who come into the Pharmacy know sign language? And the hardened Assassin is going to just fall completely head over heels in love over a deaf woman in a pharmacy? Especially since he couldn't even understand her if she could talk? The whole love thing just feels so absolutely contrived. And Joe looks like he's been dead for a week. Full Review »
  3. Ryencoke
    Sep 7, 2008
    1
    There could have been so much cut out of this movie, and it would have been so much better.