“The Protector” is the highly anticipated full bodied action film starring International Martial Arts superstar, Tony Jaa (“Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior”).
His world shaped by ancient traditions, a young Thai fighter (Jaa) is called to defend his people and their honor after outsiders ruin all that is sacred.
Fueled by desire to protect a way of life and avenge the wrong done to his family, he will bring the fight to their city.
If you enjoy Jackie Chan and Jet Li films you might enjoy “The Protector,” but I doubt it. The story line is pretty thin, the writing poor, and it is not nearly as well done as “Hero” or “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”
It becomes almost comical as Ong-Bak (Tony Jaa) finds himself in Sydney, Australia, and seems to fight every resident one at a time. I mean they come at him continually and the “bad guys” seem to never run out. I will say that some of the choreography of the martial arts moves is good, but it tends to get old after awhile. At least in Jackie Chan films there is comic relief-not so here. Ong-Bak getting his elephant back is serious business.
Dove cannot award the Family-Approved Seal to “The Protector” due to some sexual content, nudity and graphic violence.