Ong Bak 3 picks up where Ong Bak 2 concluded. Tien is captured and almost beaten to death before he is saved and brought back to the Kana Khone villagers. There, he is taught meditation and how to deal with his Karma, but very soon his arch rival returns challenging Tien for a final duel.
Ong Bak 3 picks up where Ong Bak 2 concluded. Tien is captured and almost beaten to death before he is saved and brought back to the Kana Khone villagers. There, he is taught meditation and how to deal with his Karma, but very soon his arch rival returns challenging Tien for a final duel. less
“Nothing spectacular about the film in terms of acting or aesthetics. Watch it at your own risk!”
If there is one kind of genre that I particularly detest, it is Martial Art films. I do not see any rhyme or reason whatsoever to spend 2 hours watching people perform yogic exercises and then build superhuman strength which they then use to bash up people. Our Sunny paaji and Mithunda are much better anyday: they don't need no exercise, and the time saved is utilized romancing a scantily clad heroine. Thus you can figure out the disappointment with which I approached this film.
The story basically deals with a revenge plot gone totally awry. The first 25 odd minutes are devoted to bashing up the main protagonist Tien (Tony Jaa) where some king is hell bent on breaking each bone of his body. Somehow he escapes and is brought to an ashram where a guru and the heroine pray to Lord Buddha and provide him with treatment. Now the revenge theory is debunked: the King is killed by somebody else, who is another Bad guy-cum-aatma. Tien's job is to now finish this person off.
Comparing it with Action cinema in Bollywood, where 2 hours are spent building up public outrage against the Villain so that they cheer the Hero when he kills his opponent, I was confused at first whether to hate the new Baddie or be on his side. After all, isn't your enemy's enemy your friend? And the last fight is hilarious - There has to be lots of fighting and bloodshed, but since Buddha motivates us to be peaceful, Tien appears to be calm and serene while he kills. It has been told that the main baddie feeds on our 'vengeful spirit'.
There was nothing spectacular required in terms of acting or aesthetics: All the men sport long, unkempt hair (apart from the Guru who sacrifices his mane for worldly wisdom) which makes for rather queasy viewing. The villain also seems to be chewing a lot of Gutkha owing to which he has completely black teeth. I have an inkling that he died because of some gum disease instead of the opposition he faces from the Buddhist fighter.
If watching men perform yoga and Kungfu for 1.5 hrs is your idea of fun, go ahead. I would have been better off watching Baba Ramdev for free.