The Protector 2

  • Review Date: April 28, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 104 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Extremely poor martial arts sequel has strong violence.
  • Review Date: April 28, 2014
  • Rated: R
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 104 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

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

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.

Sex

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.

Language

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."

Consumerism

An Apple iPhone is shown.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some bad guys make a toast with glasses of wine.

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.

What's the story?

After the events of The Protector, Kham (Tony Jaa) and his elephant are living peacefully in Thailand. But war is brewing, and though the opposing sides agree to meet for peace talks, some bad guys don't want the talks to occur, so they plan to steal Kham's elephant, rig its tusks with explosives, and kill everyone. And to keep Kham from trying to retrieve his pachyderm, they will frame him for murder. This causes endless battalions of killers to come after Kham; everywhere he goes, he must fight off dozens of attackers. Then, when the bad guy LC (RZA) sees what a good fighter Kham is, he tries to get him to join the evil organization. Kham refuses, thus leading to a big showdown ... and hopefully the return of his elephant.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about The Protector 2's violence. Is some of it celebrated? Is some of it condemned? What's the difference? How does watching this kind of action/violence make you feel?

  • How are animals treated in this movie? What is the movie's attitude toward them? What about people?

  • Why would anyone be interested in stopping a peace treaty? What would they have to gain?

  • Does this movie have bullies? How do they act toward the movie's hero? How does he react to them?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 2, 2014
DVD release date:July 29, 2014
Cast:Tony Jaa, RZA, JeeJa Yanin
Director:Prachya Pinkaew
Studios:Magnet Releasing, Magnolia Pictures
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Run time:104 minutes
MPAA rating:R
MPAA explanation:violence and language

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