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The Buzz:

        The follow on to The Protector (there given a glowing review by Boman), once again somebody has had a large enough break from sanity to steal an elephant from Tony Jaa. But instead of a woman and an old man (who were totally evil and deserved it), the bad guy this time is RZA (thereby negating one of Boman's "double bonus" points he gave the first film) and his crew of bloodthirsty pit fighters straight out of Bloodsport. Violence and acupuncture wielding pixie-girls ensue.

 

Life of the Party:

        My friends, it is with a heavy heart, and sincere disappointment, that I must say that there is really nothing to write into this section. There are some good fight sequences, and some good scenes that should have made this move every bit as good as the first film. Sadly, however...

 

Just stick to the music man...just stick to the music

Potential Hangovers:

        Computer effects. We here at Tanked Matinee have had a deep affection for the Baa-Ram-Ewe/Magnolia Distribution films, due primarily to their complete lack of such words. And Tony Jaa had always been (in our eyes) a master of that for modern martial arts films. So imagine my disappointment when in one of the first major fight scenes (really? Dirt-bike fights AGAIN?) several stunts were replaced with computer effects. And they just kept cropping up over and over again throughout the film, alongside obvious wire stunts. Ultimately, this killed everything I loved about Tony Jaa's films. The Ong Bak series, and the first film in this one, are all spectacles to behold for fans of the martial arts, and real stunt-work.

        The Protector 2 should have been good, perhaps even better than the first one. But this frankly mind-boggling decision on the part of the filmmakers spoiled the whole experience for me. Fans of Tony Jaa and good martial arts films are probably best served by just quietly ignoring this film.

 

The Vibe: Casual Gathering, Man-Cave

        If you must watch this movie, it's probably best served during a themed movie night. Either make it the mid-point "weed out the weak" film, or the very tail-end "I'm too drunk to care anymore" entertainment.

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