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Bangkok Dangerous

Bangkok Dangerous
Starring:
Nicholas Cage, Shahkrit Yamnarm, Charlie Young and Panward Hemmanee


Rated: R 
Reviewed by: Jim  
Release date: September 5, 2008 Released by: Lions Gate Films

The Pang Brothers (Danny and Oxide) have retooled their 2001 Thai thriller as a disposable Nicholas Cage vehicle. The designs on instant box-office returns is guided by an artistic, silly fingerprint with few subtitles.

Bangkok Dangerous juggles violence and romance with Cage's burned-out hitman Joe violating his own rules for a last hurrah in four parts, starting with allowing himself to have a moral conscience.

Joe retains Kong (Shahkrit Yamnarm) as a client mediator whom he befriends and takes on as a charge. And, of course, they are both lured by the opposite sex, as played by Charlie Young (whose character is deaf) and Panward Hemmanee, respectively.

As the movie pretentiously advances it feels more like Cage going on his looks and action prowess, here with long and darkly coiffed hair with plenty of conditioner. His extra serious demeanor doesn't do much in spite of a production with imagery mainly tinted in icy blues and a story predicated on predictability and probably doctored up.

Thus, the Pangs aim to make it watchable from atmospheric locales and slick seguing. Yamnarm's Kong has the least risible characterization on view, as becoming an assassin suppress his outlandish personality, apparently.

Bangkok Dangerous probably has some visceral might for the more frequent cineplex patron, even if the filmmaking is misguided and disregarded the same kind of rules that Joe did. It might briefly help in Thailand tourism, looking all the more crimson at the finish. Cage knows his way around the system, but is worse for the wear here in a picture that frowns upon women and foreigners. Too bad he's getting more scripts for films like this than Lord of War.

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