Hold on to your elephants, folks, because human wrecking ball Tony Jaa is back! And he’s, well, looking for his elephant again (you would think that after he had to knee half of Australia in the face to get it back the last time, that he would keep a closer eye on it now). But this time, there’s more than just missing pachyderms to inspire Mr Jaa to punch and kick people, as he’s also now on the run from the cops, while being caught up in an underground fighting ring run by the RZA! Damn, Jaa is going to be a busy man, but not too worry as he clearly has enough cans of whoop ass to go around.
Boss Suchart is the influential owner of a major elephant camp. When he was murdered in his own home – the killer delivered three fatal blows on his body – all evidence points to KHAM (Tony Jaa), who was present at the crime scene and was seen with the victim the moment before he died. Kham is forced to run as the police launch a pursuit. Meanwhile, the twin nieces of Boss Suchart (Jija Yanin Wismitanan and Teerada Kittisiriprasert) are out for revenge. But luck is on Kham’s side when he runs into Sergeant MARK (Mum Jokmok), an Interpol agent sent to Thailand on a secret mission. As Kham is hunted by several parties, he’s also desperately searching for KHON, his elephant, whose disappearance is involved with Boss Suchart’s death. In another twist, Kham is drawn into an underground fighting ring run by LC (RZA), a crime lord who’s obsessed with collecting top-class martial artists from around the world.
I must admit, I am a fraction dismayed at the use of digital effects in this, as Jaa made his name on all the insane practical stunts he was capable of pulling off in his earlier films like Ong Bak and this film’s predecessor Tom Yum Goong (aka The Protector). That being said, Jaa is definitely still capable of kicking all sorts of ass, which is kind of the whole point of these movies, right?
The Protector 2 will be available on iTunes/On Demand March 27, 2014 and in theaters May 2, 2014.
Last Updated: February 25, 2014