Ong Bak 3 Movie Review

Ong Bak 3 Movie Review

Ong Bak 3 Movie Review - Ong Bak 3 Story, Movie Review, Cast And RatingThere seems to be some kind of a jinx that follows sequels, be it in Hollywood, Bollywood or any other film industry. Especially when the sequel in question involves the third installment in the series (more appropriately called trilogy)! Indeed many trilogies (of famous movies) that have released in the past either failed to live up to set expectations or were not up to the mark when compared to their prequels.

And one such film that successfully falls into that bracket is Tony Jaa starrer Ong Bak 3. Directed by debutant Panna Rittikraj and Jaa himself in addition to being penned by Jaa, Ong Bak 3 hit theaters worldwide on January 14, 2010.

The movie starts over from where Ong Bak 2 finished and judging by the looks of it, the movie appears to be heavily focused on Buddhism, thanks to Jaa who is an ardent follower of the religion. However, the director’s attempts to infuse action sequences with meditation may have actually been the reason why the film hit a roadblock!

The film starts off with Tien’s (played by Jaa) capture by the foot soldiers of Lord Rajasena (played by Sarunyoo Wongkrachang) after the legendary battle (which ended in the second installment).

Facing immense torture from the soldiers, Tien is almost beaten to death. However, a group of villagers manage to save him and take him back to the village of Kana Khone, where they nurture him back to health.

As Tien regains his health and power, he learns the art of meditation and the all powerful ways of his Karma. And just in time too! His arch rival, a warrior with supernatural powers (played by Dan Chupong) manages to find Tien and challenges him for one final duel, a fight that would re write everyone’s fate and go down as an epic showdown in history.

Ong Bak 3 Movie Review - Ong Bak 3 Story, Movie Review, Cast And Rating

The strange thing about Ong Bak 3 is its divergent path that moves completely away from the action genre. Ong Bak 2 was also not closely affliated with the original Ong Bak (which was filled with action and only action) as well.

Instead of focusing more on the action sequences, Jaa tries to shed more light on the revelations of Buddhism and meditation which unfortunately makes the film a bit too monotonous for action lovers who expected more of mind boggling stunts and hard core action sequences.

The film has its share of action sequences (though not enough to keep you interested for the most part) which have been built around some grand and sweeping camera movements.

The cinematography is absolutely wonderful and is a visual treat. And the directors have made sure to incorporate some unbelivably stunning moments at regular intervals to keep the pace consistent throughout.

However, what Ong Bak 3 lacks is soul! Apart from trying to tell how the prinicples and practises of Buddhism manage to influence Tien and the world around him, the film has no other strategic purpose and just gets more and more boring as the climax approaches.

The director’s (Jaa) unsuccessful attempt to blend both religion and action into this trilogy only shows his lack of experience which in turn botches things up and makes the movie less influential.

Ong Bak 3 Movie Review - Ong Bak 3 Story, Movie Review, Cast And Rating

Tony Jaa as Tien is his usual bone crunching best, though in Ong Bak 3 you get to see a more relaxed and mentally prepared version of the youngster who took the film world by storm with his realistic stunts in Ong Bak.

And though Ong Bak 2 appeared to be more of a historic epic than an action saga, Jaa seemed to remain in the spotlight for his dramatic action sequences. And with rumors stating that the actor has given up his career as a movie star in order to embrace Buddhism and become a monk; one wonders whether Ong Bak 3 would be the star’s final appearance on screen.

That said and done, Ong Bak 3 has some visually stunning moments and beautiful cinematography which combined with some really interesting action sequences would make the film recommendable for a one time watch!

Director: Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikraj

Cast: Tony Jaa, Dan Chupong and Primorata Dejudom

Raing: 2.5/5

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