Tom Yum Goong 2 (2013) Movie Review

Tom Yum Goong 2 Film PosterTom Yum Goong 2

  • Rating – Unrated
  • October 2013 (Thailand)
  • Director – Prachya Pinkaew
  • Tony Jaa – Kham
  • JeeJa Yanin – Ping
  • RZA – LC
  • Petchtai Wongkamlao – Sergeant Mark
So Nice to Finally Meet You

Most people might know this as “The Protector 2” here in the states. Tom Yum Goong came out when martial artist Tony Jaa was reaching his height of popularity and was known for many memorable fight scenes including one that involves him beating a truck load of thugs, while running up a stair case. The Adult Swim show Robot Chicken did a parody of that scene. The sequel is shot in 3D and adds other martial artist JeeJa Yanmin. Let’s see if the sequel can raise the bar.

Kham escaping an explosion

I’m a Big Fan of Your Work

Kham (Jaa) goes after a Suchart an elephant trader, when his his elephants gets kidnapped. When he arrives, the boss is already dead and people think that Kam did it. Suchart’s nieces go after Kham, and so does the police.

Kham finds out that his elephant Khon was kidnapped to lure him to work for LC (Rza), who is collecting martial artists into his company. Will Kham find Khon? What does LC have in store for Kham. What will happen when Suchart’s nieces confront Kham?

Kham kneeing
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If you break down the story, it’s basically Kham trying to rescue his elephant, again. It’s Kham running around yelling where his elephant and being chased by two girls. Then the story just becomes convoluted with LC’s motives.

So, we know the story is out, but we all know what we want to see in a Tony Jaa movie. ACTION!!! There are tons of it, but sadly there is CGI and wire work. It can’t compare to Jaa past film where he is known for CGI and doing his own stunt work. Besides that, the action is just not as good. The action is in here is like porn, you’ve seen one action scene, you’ve seen it all.

Yes, the girl from Chocolate is in it, Jeeja Yanin, but she’s soooo under used in this film. I’m not sure if they didn’t want her stealing the spot light from Jaa. She wasn’t really given any scenes for her to shine like in the movie Chocolate. I have no idea what’s going on with her bowl haircut either.

Rza has gotten a little better in his acting and his on screen fight scenes, since The Man With Iron Fists. Still, he needs work. Her performance wasn’t memorable and his acting still seems forced. Plus, if you are going to be the main villain and go head to head with a martial artist such as Jaa as the big final fight scene, you need to do more than punch breakable walls. It was just a big let down as a climax. It looked like Jaa, had to dumb down his techniques, so Rza would like the superior fighter.

Wamkamlao plays his usual goofy self and it was enjoyable to watch. He provided the comic relief when he’s onscreen and has good chemistry with Jaa. Wamkamloa sticks to what he’s comfortable with.

Kham and Crump fighting
I’ll Take That as a No

I did not see this in 3D, but I’m guessing you wouldn’t be missing much. If you are a fan of Jaa’s older films such as the Tom Yum Goong and Ong Bak, you will be disappointed with the added CGI, wire work, and forgetful fight sequences. The action does come often, but it tends to drag and the final scene was just ridiculous. Jaa was holding onto the tusks of his elephant friend, because there was a bomb in it that would go off, while getting beaten up by Rza. It’s that ridiculous. Even though Jeeja is in it, she doesn’t do much and you easily tell she was told to hold back on her skills. For Jaa fans, you’re better sticking to his old stuff. For people, who don’t know Jaa, find his older stuff anyway. If you like film a lot of mediocre action with a bad story, throw away characters, CGI, and wirework, this might be a Netflix afternoon or $0.99 rental. I would just avoid it. Actually, you could play a drinking game with it. Every time Jaa comes on screen and yells “where’s my elephant?” you have to take a shot. Good luck with that.

Random Info I got from this File:
  • If the walls are on fire, stick your shoes in it
  • Bowl hair cuts are the style for girls
  • Don’t steal a man’s elephant
  • Don’t put a bomb in a man’s elephant
Other Files to check:
  • Chocolate
  • Ong Bak
  • Tom Yum Goong
File Status: 5 out of 10
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Graphic designer by day, and movie blogger whenever I can. Been watching films in the 80s and never lost the love for it. Started Movie Case Files in 2012, and kept writing random reviews ever since. Besides movies, I like watching UFC, collecting retro video games, spending time with the wife, and bacon.

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