Release Date: July 6th, 2007 (Cinema Village) by Roadside Attractions.
DVD Release Date: July 17th, 2007
The Cast: Dan Chupong, Puttipong, Leo Putt, Sriwat, Panna Rittikrai, Samart Tipthamai, Kanyapak Suwannakoot, Somdej Keawlue, Ampol Rattanawong, Wichai Promchan.
Directed by Chalerm Wongpim.
In Thai with subtitles.
BASIC PREMISE: In 1920s rural Thailand, Jone Bang Fai (Chupong) seeks to avenge the murder of his parents.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Dynamite Warrior has some wildly imaginative and spectacular action scenes, but with a weak, convoluted plot. The opening scenes introduce the cattle rustlers and show how one of them of them kills someone else’s parents. That “someone else” happens to be Jone, who now looks for the man who killed his parents to avenge their death and, at the same time, to stop cattle rustling once and for all. When he discovers that the suspected murderer, Lord Wang (Putt), can only be defeated with the menstrual blood of a virgin, he meets a girl who happens to be a virgin whose father has been cursed by Lord Wang. The screenplay by co-writer/director Chalerm Wongpim becomes a bit too convoluted as it progresses, especially with the excessive flashbacks and twists in the second act. Some of the plot twists work, but, for the most part, they just add more to the confusion of who’s actually good and evil. The bizarre concepts don’t go far enough to be funny or remarkable in any way. Fortunately, Wongpim includes plenty of scenes with martial arts here, known as Muy Thai, which adds some well-needed excitement along with action sequences involving Jone as he shoots rockets and even rides one. If only the plot were as consistently compelling and refreshing as in Ong Bak or as silly as Shaolin Soccer, this would have been a much more memorable and refreshing experience.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None, as long as you suspend your disbelief.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 4
IN A NUTSHELL: Mildly engaging with wildly imaginative action sequences, but a somewhat convoluted plot that’s not silly or compelling enough.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: DVD
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