Friday, March 4, 2011

DVD releases: Ong Bak 3 and Stonehenge Apocalypse

Ong Bak 3 was rumored to be bad. It was. Tony Jaa has been one of my favorite performers and martial artists but had a huge Charlie Sheen-like fallout over his first directorial debut with the producer, who also owns his contract. I have to side with the producer that this film is a mess with a horrible story line, fight scenes that seemed repetitious and dull and a complete lack of focus. For half the movie, nothing happens. Jaa gets back in shape after being brutally beaten, the bad guy gets killed by some sort of supernatural demon? who sets himself up as king and then Jaa fights him at the end. That's the movie. A few not well done fight scenes and WAY too much plot makes this film a must miss for all but the most die hard fans. Rent the first one to see what Jaa is capable of. For now Jaa is in a Tibetian monastery until his contract runs out. I hope his next movie is better than this drivel.

one star out of 5

On the other hand direct to DVD title Stonehenge Apocalypse is a great B movie with Misha Collins from Supernatural and Peter Wingfield from Highlander doing a great job. The movie, which has the best title ever, centers around Stonehenge starting a worldwide doomsday machine that will wipe out mankind. Misha plays a fringe scientist that has all the answers as Wingfield's scientist pish poshes every idea he has, to disastrous conclusions. Sure it's cheaply made but that's half the fun. The film is pretty good, bad effects aside. If your looking for an escape for an hour and half, you could do far worse, like Ong Bak 3.

2 and a half stars out of 5

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