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Mercury Man


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  • Actors: Wasan Khantaau
  • Directors: Bhandit Thongdee
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2009
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001J4E19M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #411,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mercury Man" on IMDb

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A supernatural substance becomes accidentally embedded in the body of an unsuspecting fireman, transforming him into the Superhuman Mercury Man.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian T VINE VOICE on January 13, 2009
Format: DVD
At the time of its release, MERCURY MAN, Thailand's first foray into the superhero genre was one of the more expensive movies ever made in the country, but it's dismal box office performance there didn't bode well for its producers' hopes that it would "go international" or have the box-office muscle of Sam Raimi's SPIDERMAN, the film it's most obviously been modelled on, right down to the lead character's sinewy-rubbery costume, which can be easily duplicated in a computer for those dazzling flights of fancy across urban landscapes.

The film is flawed enough that it probably never stood a chance of cracking the international market anyways. Glossy production values aside--and they're often rare in Thai cinema--there's a weird sense that the whole thing is some kind of thinly-veiled propaganda.

After having part of a mystical "Solar Mercury" amulet embedded in his chest, a hot-shot fireman (Vasan Kantha-u) must learn to control his temper (in a country known for silencing dissent, no less, not to mention alienating religious minorities) if he's to defeat not only various hooligans around the city, but also a small band of Muslim extremists led by a dude named "Usama" who bears a rather unforunate resemblance to Richard Lynch in the Chuck Norris classic INVASION U.S.A.

The terrorists need the amulet, paired with it's sister--the "Lunar Mercury"--to aid their plans to attack the literal and symbolic American interests around the country (Helloooo, massive McDonald's & Hard Rock Cafe product placements!!). Interestingly, the film features a little boy with psychic powers who opens the film by demonstrating his ability to stop a stopwatch at will. Funny that they'd need a scene like that...
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adam Ruining on May 20, 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Good: So many goofy references to Spider-Man.
Bad: No references to the Hulk.

Good: The main character is Magneto.
Bad: At the last minute, the final boss suddenly becomes Ice Man, completely out of the blue, and against everything the film said in the previous 90 minutes.

Good: Children's Day, where the Thai government invites its most precious resource to listen to military propaganda.
Bad: It's only one day a year.

Good: The gunner. You'll see.
Bad: Never being quite sure if you're ogling a woman or ladyboy.

If the movie ended 10 minutes earlier when the gunner saves the day, I'd be giving six stars. As it is, we're given one last, unnecessary, sell-out fight scene that contravenes the entire movie. The film got greedy and I feel the need to punish it.

Speaking of punishing, it's no "War Zone."
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By Cerulean on May 19, 2012
Format: DVD
I was going into this hoping for a so-bad-its-good type movie, but for the most part it's just plain old bad. There are some of the ridiculous moments I was hoping for, like the horrific CGI superhero rescuing people, random atomic artifacts that give superpowers or blow up, and out-of-left-field plot contrivances, but they are rather sparse in a movie that is essentially Thai Magneto vs. Osama Bin Laden. It drags badly in several places to the point that my friend and I were seriously considering just turning it off, but every time it would drag us back in with a slow motion leap over a random couch or the hero sliding down a rope from the top floor of a burning building on his fire axe. In the end, though, I wouldn't recommend it. If you're looking for a movie to take seriously, this one has too many CGI, plot, and dialogue problems. If you're looking for a fun bad movie, it doesn't have enough of them. It's stranded in that limbo between good and bad that is worse than either. If about an hour of plot dialogue had been cut out of this nearly two hour movie, it would be decent, but as it stands, it's not worth your time. If you're looking for a good bad superhero movie, Condorman or Return of Captain Invincible are better. If you're looking for a good Thai martial arts movie, stick with Tony Jaa. Either way, stay away from this one.
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By Core on February 1, 2012
Format: Amazon Instant Video
One of the things you can do to ruin an Asian movie, is rather than give it subtitles, you can dub it. And that's exactly what they chose to do in this case. DUB.. Now mind its not the dub of days gone by, *Coughs* Godzilla, they actually match it up so so. But you lose so much emotion or life from the film. Its like getting a diluted version of the original.

The effects of the movie are pretty good. Acting is lousy, I think its the dub. Action scenes are pretty cool. A lot of them.

The whole were fighting "Terrorist" bit is starting to get annoying. I'm tired of seeing it in movies, tired of seeing it in video games. SO the theme of the movie is cliche on top of being a "hero" movie.

The costume design was pretty cool.

The homage to Spiderman, or maybe it was mockery? was interesting.

The fight at the very end between our hero and the icewoman is pretty bad ass though. Really enjoyed it. Almost made the entire movie worth watching.

Bottom line: If your bored out of your mind, its a rainy day, then go ahead and watch this.
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