The Vanquisher [Blu-ray]
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Actually, the script of the B action movie is awfully confusing with too many characters. There are CIA operatives, terrorists, and even Japanese assassins, and I simply couldn't understand who is fighting who. But you know, this is an action film, and what really matters is action. Also, the DVD artwork looks nice.
To be fair, actions are OK, if not special, and the film shows some style during the fight scenes. The best part of "Vanquisher" is, not surprisingly, three female agents in tight black costumes and their fights. (The original Thai title is "Suay Samurai" meaning "Beautiful Samurai.") Kessarin Ektawatkul, former national champion in taekwondo, is the most convincing of the three as a deadly martial arts fighter. (She was previously seen in two Thai films "Born to Fight" and "Chai lai Angels.")
Despite this, most action scenes are badly choreographed and the lighting is inadequate, so even the most brilliant stunt is ruined as a result. The concept of battling heroines in sexy clothes is not bad, but for the idea to succeed, we need better choreography and a more coherent story.
This movie was not like any of those 3 stated in the tag. Acting was bad. Characters were stiff while delivering lines, overacting while shooting (recoil of weapons), and like the previous reviewer you never know who is who until an hour in which adds to the poor character development.
That aside, the action scenes are ok, not great. Modern day ninjas (with machine guns) drop after a kick. Book beats gun every time. Didn't know grabbing a fire extinguisher could go unnoticed but alas I guess its possible.
Movie was overall dark, lighting seemingly coming out of nowhere in the middle of the woods. Logical progressions in storyline are absent.
Not worth buying. Rent it, or you can have mine.
*To make-up department: "Eyebrows: There should be two"
Vanquisher fails to hit that ratio. The story is about a CIA agent going after a terrorist and then there's a good cop who was previously betrayed by the CIA and then there's some terrorist buddies and then there's some Japanese mercenaries and then there's so many damn characters in this movie with a plot that can barely support three characters that I just tried desperately to keep track of who was good and who was bad when I was watching them fight.
Which wasn't exactly easy either. The action was shot very badly, and a lot of times with all the characters wearing tight black suits I had no idea who was throwing or taking the punches. The last fifteen minutes picked it up and delivered some passable action, but I had to sit through the most confusing aborted storyline to get to that. And it was topped off with a character I JUST saw get knocked out in one room run in from a different room in the very next scene!
The actin was notoriously bad too. I can deal with bad acting for the sake of the action, however, it seems that, for some oddball reason, we have non-English speakers reciting their lines phonetically in English. Either that, or they truly are the most abhorrently bad actors I have ever seen in any film ever. I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt, though, and laying the blame on the director for not just letting them speak Thai. They would still be bad actors, but since I don't speak Thai I would have been spared the full force of their awfulness.
If you can sit through a turd for fifteen minutes of near-decent low budget action, go right ahead. I wouldn't recommend it.
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I wanted a action flick, and I got it, wanted to see a lot of sword play, this wasn't necessarily the best choice, but it is an alright moviePublished on November 26, 2011 by Tyson Hollins
Thai movies been on a roll lately but not this its there plan 9 from outer space which is ten times better!This is worst action film I have ever seen! Read morePublished on June 18, 2011 by Pat S.
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