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  • Summary: The Protector is the highly anticipated full bodied martial arts epic starring international superstar Tony Jaa. His world shaped by ancient traditions, a young Thai fighter (Jaa) is called upon to defend his people and their honor after outsiders invade their home and destroy all that is sacred. Fueled by desire to protect a way of life and avenge the wrong done to his family, he will bring fight to their city. (The Weinstein Company) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. 75
    The Protector is about 84 minutes long, and only four of those minutes are devoted to plot.
  2. A furiously choreographed martial-arts spectacle wrapped in a fumbling narrative.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Clark
    But while every expertly choreographed Muy Thai bout delivers, the film suffers from haphazard editing. Entire sequences of explanation are missing, as if Pinkaew made a 2 1/2 hour martial-arts film and then cut everything but the fighting scenes.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    In truth, only hard-core martial-arts fans will be able to keep from squirming in their seats with boredom through at least some parts of this 82-minute kablammo-fest.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard James Havis
    A relentless focus on action over character and story will leave more mainstream viewers cold.
  6. 50
    It's little more than a disjointed succession of kick-ass action scenes.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    This ludicrous Quentin Tarantino-chosen low-budget movie features choppy editing and an amateurish script, and it switches strangely back and forth between dubbing and subtitles.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. JorgeC.
    Sep 24, 2006
    Best.Movie.Ever. For anyone who loves martial arts movies, martial arts, or just plain ass-kickery in general... this movie is a must see.
  2. MattW.
    May 25, 2008
    Forget the plot. You don't watch a martial arts movie for the gripping storyline or subtly nuanced character acting. You watch it for the ass kickery. This movie has it in spades. The fights are both amazingly choreographed and enjoyably brutal. Tony Jaa is the master of the flying knee! Expand
  3. MortS.
    Sep 24, 2006
    No other fight scene compares to his limb breaking rampage.
  4. EdT.
    Sep 8, 2006
    In terms of action, this movie picks up where Ong Bak left off: It's all about one man thoroughly beating the heck out of anyone who stands in the way of his (rather silly) goal. Yes, the acting is poor. Yes, the story is weak. I don't really care. Tony Jaa movies are the perfect antidote to all those stuffy martial arts "epics" that have become so common that you can't even tell them apart anymore. Forget all that wirework. Forget all those breathless confessions of love and longing. Forget those unending scenes of leaves changing color. Tony Jaa is here to dislocate and/or shatter as many bones as possible until he finds his damn elephant! Expand
  5. Riren
    Feb 26, 2007
    Tony Jaa returns to the American screen in another wildly entertaining martial arts flick. Like a Kung Fu movie, this Muay Thai movie doesn't ask for much thought as to its plot. It's emotions are worn on its sleeve as it runs towards the next fight scene. And like Ong Bak, the fight scenes are some of the most eyepopping you could ask for. Expand
  6. DannyH.
    Sep 27, 2006
    I don't think I've ever cringed that much in a martial arts movie. Tony Jaa is such an amazing and ruthless fighter, half of this movie is spent clutching your seat and going "ooohhhhh, that would hurt SO much!" Plot and acting is practically nonexistent, but since when do you ever watch a martial arts movie for the storyline? Expand
  7. RandomBoy
    Sep 6, 2006
    Some of the fighting is pretty good, even if extremly repetitive. The main character seems to have a fetish for limb-breaking finishing moves and he uses them on 95% of his enemies. Everything else about the movie is utter crapt though, it's like watching porn, but with fighting instead of sex. Collapse

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