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The Protector 2

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Charley McMullenThis one doesn’t appear to be for me, really.  I have nothing fundamentally against modern kung fu movies, and Magnet Films is on something of a hot streak in terms of releasing low-budget diamonds in the rough lately, but this one looks like it values stunts and action sequences above any form of comprehensible story, so I will probably be passing on this one.

Justin Widerski: To be honest I’ve never heard of “The Protector,” but I have heard of it’s star Tony Ja. He seems to be the latest martial arts actor to be slowly entering the mainstream, replacing the likes of Jackie Chan and Jet Li. The film itself looks fairly low-budget, enough so that I’m somewhat surprised it’s getting a theater release. Not that that’s a comment on the film’s quality, because it actually looks pretty cool. The plot is straight-forward, but has a lot of potential and amazingly enough, the action is fairly decipherable! A true rarity these days, enough so that I’d be curious to check this out on video.

Alex Jowski: I’ m mostly for this.  The action looks great and it’s the perfect vehicle for the Thai action GOD Tony Jaa.  The movie already came out in Thailand last year to some good reviews.  I am not a fan of The RZA’s acting but I tolerate him in a movie like this because of his love for the genre – he’s not just lending his name to something for a quick buck, he’s participating in something he actually enjoys which I can certainly appreciate.  I’ll catch this movie as soon as it hits Redbox because the chances of it playing in this white mountain-town community is zero to none.

Martha Page: This is really not my kind of movie at all.  And damn it – why did they have to make The RZA look exactly like K.C. Collins from Lost Girl.  They were trying to trick me!  The sneaky bastards!

Misterss J: Asians & crazy martial arts. If you don’t know whether I would be willing to see this movie or not, you don’t know me… And I henceforth deduct -500 minion points from you.

mister X: tony jaa can kick ass the same way rza can’t act…but notice the credits at the end:

no writers listed

that’s a VERY bad sign if u expect a story with ya fisticuffs

Mike White: I was a big fan of Tony Jaa’s work when I first saw him in Ong Bak. Then I started hearing that he had lost his mind. After that, I quit watching his movies.  I haven’t seen the first Protector so I’m not sure if I can follow the intricacies of The Protector 2, especially since it lacks elephants but gains RZA and, after trying to watch The Man with the Iron Fists… my hopes are low.

Glenn Criddle: I want to like this, I really do. It has a lot of stuff that I like but my god does a lot of it look fake (which of course it is but it shouldn’t). It’s got that weird Crouching Dragon kinda floaty feel about it without the setting to justify it and that’s very distracting. I’d give this a go possibly but I think if I’m noticing the joins on a small screen with a non maximised Youtube player than this could look pretty bad on a huge cinema screen. Overall I’m not sold on this and that’s a shame because it looks like it could have been so much better.

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Matthew Coats
Formerly known under the pseudonym of Alex Jowski. Site owner, movie aficionado, and film school grad. Matthew Coats presents reviews, some written, some as vlogs, and some as weekly shows, for a variety of different movies and television shows. After years of struggling to get his own projects off the ground amidst the normal routine of living, Matthew Coats decided to create a site in order to share and promote movie reviews, video games and much much more from talented and original people all across the internet.
  • Mike White
    May 2, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Kind of sad by the geek hate against the Rami Spiderman. I still contend that the first two were pretty great.

    • jwiderski
      May 2, 2014 at 3:52 pm

      Yes they were! In a way they’re forgotten classics like the rest of the “Last-gen” super-hero movies

    • May 2, 2014 at 6:13 pm

      At the time of it’s release I called “Spider-man 2” the best and most perfect superhero movie. While I don’t necessarily find it that near-perfect in hindsight, I still find it to be a very well-done movie.

  • May 2, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    so really…NO one noticed dem victorian titties but me?

  • Charley McMullen
    Charley McMullen
    May 3, 2014 at 11:18 am

    Referring to the Green Goblin as “Gobby” and putting an actor as expressive as Willem Dafoe in a stationary helmet are my two main beefs with the first Sam Raimi Spiderman film. I didn’t like it at all.

  • MsK
    May 3, 2014 at 11:34 am

    Didn’t like the first Spider-Man that much…didn’t like the choice of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. But the second one made me change my mind. Andrew Garfield perfectly grew into the role and looked like he was having the time of his life. Overall the performances were great…especially Dane DeHaan.
    As to “Where is my elephant 2″…I was disappointed as hell. It had some nice ideas but overall it was nothing new.

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