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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's hard to determine just what this depressing mess is really about, but the main message could be: Keep a close eye on your elephant.
Positive Role Models
Tony Jaa is a skilled teacher and martial artist -- and also a Buddhist monk -- who may inspire teens to follow in his footsteps, although his skills aren't showcased to best effect in this particular movie (fledgling martial artists would be encouraged to seek out earlier Jaa movies).
Violence & Scariness
Wall-to-wall martial arts fighting, with punching and kicking and bodies thrown about and slamming into things. Knives and guns are also used. Minor cuts and scratches are shown. Some characters are killed; one bad guy has the ability to kill with his fists. The main character gets an electrical device attached to his back that zaps him and causes him pain. An elephant is guided along with use of an electric prod. The bad guys use the elephant as a bomb, planting explosives inside its tusks. Cars and motorcycles crash and explode. A stuntman's head is run over by a car, but his helmet protects him. Mention of a woman being raped. Some brief TV news footage shows and describes a dead elephant.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A gangster boasts about the "bitch I banged last night." One female fighter is shown wearing a revealing outfit. RZA is shown surrounded by several scantily clad women.
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Language, spoken in English as well as printed in the English subtitles, is fairly strong and includes several uses of "f--k," "s--t," and "ass," plus one or two uses of "p---y," "a--hole," "bitch," "hell," "damn," "prick," and "jerk."
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Products & Purchases
An Apple iPhone is shown.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some bad guys make a toast with glasses of wine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Protector 2 is the (disappointing) sequel to the 2006 martial arts action movie The Protector, also starring Thai martial artist Tony Jaa and some elephants. The new movie's violence is slightly less brutal than the first one, but it's still full of wall-to-wall martial arts fighting, with punching and kicking and bodies slammed about. Characters die, and the bad guys make an elephant into a bomb by inserting explosives into its tusks. Women in sexy outfits are shown, and there's some brief but strong sex talk. Language is strong, with several uses of "f--k" and "s--t," as well as other words, both spoken in English and printed in the subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
As the movie's plot synopsis amply demonstrates, THE PROTECTOR 2 is completely ridiculous -- as well as agonizingly dumb. None of the actors can penetrate the fog. RZA gives one of his worst performances, Jaa often looks asleep, and new Thai martial arts superstar JeeJa Yanin is stuck with a horribly thin character who's apparently incapable of even thinking.
Perhaps even worse, director Prachya Pinkaew (also of the original The Protector) compromises the look of the film with cheap, awful computer-generated effects and fight scenes that feel rushed and cheated. The action has no flow or logic, and characters seem to appear and move around at random. These scenes also go on far too long, totally unconcerned with rhythms and rest breaks. Even a loony idea like Jaa charging up his feet with electricity from a nearby train track just falls flat in the midst of so much dreary stupidity and laziness.
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