On Film — Bangkok Dangerous
There is only one new movie in theaters this weekend, but, does Bangkok Dangerous starring Nicolas Cage actually count?
Okay, it does, since it is new. It’s just lucky there’s no new competition.
Cage stars as a hitman in, of course, Bangkok, one night in which will make the tough guys tumble. He’s working to take out the four enemies of the crime boss who hired him, while bonding with his own errand boy. Can’t be too careful with your company, you know. Is it an angel slide up to or a devil walking next to me?
Okay, enough with the early 80’s lyrics. Bangkok Dangerous is the American remake of the Pang Brother’s 1999 Hong Kong action film. And, there lies the problem. While they’re wildly popular in their home country, the Pangs have yet to have a hit in their American remakes. And they’ve had two goes at it — The Messengers and The Eye. Throw in Nicolas Cage sporting a mullet, and you’re really working up hill for a hit. In the original, Cage’s character is deaf and mute. Not so, here, though it would’ve been more interesting.
Bangkok Dangerous, in my opinion, is completely passable. But, if you’re a fan of the Pang Brothers or Nicolas Cage, it might be worth a go. I’d recommend not going to the theater, however, but waiting for the DVD release.