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  • Summary: Martial arts superstar Tony Jaa stars in and directs this epic tale of revenge set hundreds of years in the past. Featuring a huge cast and hordes of elephants, this prequel takes Jaa’s skills to the next level, showcasing him as a master of a wide range of martial arts styles - whileMartial arts superstar Tony Jaa stars in and directs this epic tale of revenge set hundreds of years in the past. Featuring a huge cast and hordes of elephants, this prequel takes Jaa’s skills to the next level, showcasing him as a master of a wide range of martial arts styles - while proving him to be a promising director as well. [Magnolia] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 3 out of 18
  1. 80
    The astonishingly gonzoid fight scenes from Ong Bak 2 might be the best ever filmed.
  2. Jaa, mesmerizing as ever to behold with his pinwheel moves, also (co)directs for the first time.
  3. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    63
    A must-see for genre fans. Jaa in action is poetry - even in a disappointing film. Let's just hope he regains his senses for Ong Bak 3.
  4. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    50
    It’s really all about the fighting, carried out in a variety of Asian styles, including one Mr. Jaa invented for the film. Aficionados may find this thrilling. The rest of us will sink lower in our seats.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    40
    While Jaa clearly hasn't lost any of his stamina in the six years since starring as a different underdog in the original, his first outing as a director is confusing, with distractingly muddy storytelling and wildly varying styles from scene to scene.
  6. Elephants aside, the plot of this Ong Bak is rudimentary at best.
  7. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    25
    Not only a step back in time - to 1431 - but a step back in this martial artist's international film career.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. AlexM
    Feb 15, 2010
    10
    The story's convoluted and slightly stupid, but my god the actions awesome. i don't get these people saying that the 1st hours dull The story's convoluted and slightly stupid, but my god the actions awesome. i don't get these people saying that the 1st hours dull though, the scuffles and training scenes are great, and the bit where he hammers his childhood captors with a drunken fu style is awesome! it's not warrior king, but it wasn't meant to be, and so we can forgive it for the changes in pace and theme. Expand
  2. Oct 3, 2010
    10
    Ok so the the plot is far from amazing but people that is not what these movies are about. This is a martial arts movie and reviewing it asOk so the the plot is far from amazing but people that is not what these movies are about. This is a martial arts movie and reviewing it as such you cant give it anything less that 10. the combat is simply jaw dropping, especially when u consider that there is no CGI and no wire work. Tony Jaa is a living legend that as it stands due to disagreements over ong bak 3 is now no longer making movies. Expand
  3. Jul 23, 2011
    7
    The story wasn't as strong as that of the first film. The addition of the magic element really made it more a of manga-style film. That's notThe story wasn't as strong as that of the first film. The addition of the magic element really made it more a of manga-style film. That's not really a good thing following one of the best blunt edge martial arts films ever made. Even so OB2 is a good action packed flick that should satisfy most martial arts film fans. Expand
  4. ChrisH.
    Nov 1, 2009
    6
    Very weak as a film by itself, but incredible as martial arts picture. Tony Jaa continues to set the screen fighting standard.
  5. May 25, 2014
    6
    It's not a terrible movie but it doesn't live up to the first one. The revenge stuff and the time frame for the movie could have been used inIt's not a terrible movie but it doesn't live up to the first one. The revenge stuff and the time frame for the movie could have been used in a better way than this as there's far too much story and plot here for a martial arts movie. The fight scenes are great though. They really do a good job with the final sequence here and set up for a decent sequel, even if that sequel comes nowhere close to living up to the series name. This is a decent sequel for a great action movie but it probably would have been better the Ong-Bak series had stayed at just one movie. Expand
  6. Victor
    Oct 25, 2009
    4
    I prefer the first movie. This one I didn't like so much, is totally different of the first one. Weak.
  7. PN
    Feb 4, 2010
    3
    Fights were good, plot was TERRIBLE.

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