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The Protector 2

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Extremely poor martial arts sequel has strong violence.

Movie R 2014 104 minutes
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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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