Jija Yanin Wismitanan
Kazu Patric Tang
The Protector 2 (Tom Yum Goong 2) (Kumki Veeran) (R)
Action/Adventure 104 May 2, 2014
Director Prachya Pinkaew's hectic editing and breakneck pacing turns the action spastic, and his lack of interest in anything approaching coherent drama renders the proceedings one long showcase for its lead's Muay Thai combat skills. Luckily, those are considerable, with Jaa felling adversaries with an endless barrage of impressive flying elbow and knee blows that are often shot in slow motion amid cheesy CGI explosions. Like The Raid 2, it's a nonstop series of prolonged, brutal set pieces, except that this superior film eschews repugnant gore for a sly goofiness that makes Jaa come across like a real-life Looney Tunes character.