Having seen the first part of the movie Tom Yum Goong, I wasn’t expecting any heart melting emotions or twists that will make the viewer go wow. The demand was indeed for some raw thrills and their failure in delivering this quintessential action part makes this movie a downer.
Second installment yet again has the elephant being snatched away from our hero Kham by mighty villains comprising of trained fighters. The sacrifices Kham had to make to save his brother like elephant is the movie all about.
At one particular occasion the sergeant asks Kham how can he loose such a big thing again and I found myself asking the same question to the script writer. Well there is no point in arguing about the sensibility of story in a movie that just concentrates on action. But sadly it was a long wait in vein as none of the action sequences showed the expected quality. The excessive use of visual effects and those shots which were squeezed in to enhance the 3D experience are just not going to make you whistle. By the time you see one deadly kick (sadly not from Tony Jaa) from that female artist, your interest in the movie will be almost over.
More than acting, it’s about fighting and all the actors have done a fair job. Nothing so impressive about the direction and the script is old school stuff. The stunts were deeply disappointing. The decision to use too much of visual effects, that too with lack of perfection simply ruins the only selling point of Tom Yum Goong 2. The visual effects are amateur and the edits which plays a crucial role in these raw action movies was also annoying.
To sum up, Tom Yum Goong 2 is disappointing. Acknowledging the martial arts efforts (which personally I can’t do) and the less than two hours running time, the rating is a generous 2/5.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended