Ouch, critics hate Bangkok Dangerous and they’re not holding back. It’s vicious, ladies but luckily they have not mention Chakrit. Mostly they have been targeting Nicolas Cage and the Pang brothers for this atrocity of a movie.
Here is what the critics had to say:
“All it proves is that on their home turf the Pangs can make an international hit-man tale every bit as trashy and dull as the ones made in Hollywood or Europe.”— Frank Swietek, One Guy’s Opinion
“Instead of killing people, Nicolas Cage’s character should have been more worried about getting a haircut.”–Kevin McCarthy, WJFK-FM (CBS Radio)
“Here’s a note to Nicolas Cage: Your stylist hates you. Your director and screenwriters? Not so far behind.”— Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
“Couldn’t the Pangs have spent some of that studio money on more lights?”—Josh Larson, LarsenOnFilm
“Cage from the first frame looks like someone who should be offered an antacid as quickly as possible, and one of prescription strength at that”–Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
” The only reason to see a Nicolas Cage movie these days is to have a good laugh at his latest wig.”-David Edwards, Daily Mirror (UK)
‘Heavy on the spice and cheap on the meat, Bangkok Dangerous adds plenty of Thai seasoning to the Hollywood lone-assassin recipe, but the result is only mildly pungent.”–Jordan Mintzer, Variety
“None of this compensates for the overfamiliar plotline, the underdeveloped side characters, the breakbeat soundtrack, the boring shootouts and a general air of overbaked silliness. But it helps.”–Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
“Pretty junky stuff, but it is notable for one oddball thing: the end credits attribute someone as ‘Personal Chef of Nicolas Cage’ and someone else as ‘Assistant to Personal Chef of Nicolas Cage’. Yikes.”—Dustin Putman, TheMovieBoy.com
To read the entire review, check out Rottentomatoes.com.
Bangkok Dangerous was financed by Initial Entertainment Group (reportedly for about $45 million), produced by Cage’s Saturn Films as well as Blue Star Entertainment, and released by Liongate. It is expected to make $10-million for it’s opening week and topping the box office, replacing “Tropic Thunder” for the top spot.
Currently Bankgkok Dangerous has a rating of 8% rotten from Rottentomatoes.com, a site dedicated to centralizing movie critics’ reviews and calculating them into a percentage. Eight percent from Rotten is pretty bad. Three out of forty critics liked the film, while the majority deemed it trashy.
Note: I wasn’t expected much from Bangkok Dangerous 2008 and I’m definitely not surprised by the reviews. More or less, I agree. My recommendation is to watch the original.
Wow. Chakrit, who actually turned 30 last June, looks like a prepubescent boy standing right next to the frail/grandpa-ish Nicolas Cage.