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Bangkok Dangerous

action & adventure, drama


Joe (Nicolas Cage) is a career assassin who lands in Bangkok to handle some obligations and finds himself unexpectedly training a young protégé and falling for a woman who has no knowledge of his true job.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    9%
  • Audience Score
    26%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 15
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
4 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Slow action thriller from bored-looking Nic Cage.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this remake of a 1999 Thai thriller stars Nicolas Cage and has been targeting teen audiences -- and because of the hit man subject matter, it's likely to appeal to teen boys. Those who watch are in for a fair amount of violence, including a couple of grislier scenes of dismembered limbs. Two scenes feature a topless woman -- one during sex and another lounging. Other than those scenes, the sexuality is limited to flirting, embraces, hand-holding, and brief kisses. Nearly all of the movie's strong language (mostly "f--k" and its many derivatives) is spoken in Thai and subtitled in English. Expect some drinking and drug references, too.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the appeal of stories about assassins. Why are professional hit men the protagonists of so many action thrillers? Despite what they do, are they sympathetic characters? Why or why not? The movie implies that killing "bad" men is OK but killing "good" men isn't. What do you think about that message? What separates the "good" guys and the "bad" guys in this movie?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    9%
    reviews counted: 25
    see all Bangkok Dangerous reviews
  • Audience

    26%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Hollywood and the television industry have long since sucked what they require from the tropes and rhythms of Asian films, and parts of Bangkok Dangerous, far from seeming unfamiliar or freshly stylized, offer nothing that you couldn't catch on CSI.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Rotten: Tediously monotonous.

- Christy Lemire, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Saturday, October 18, 2008

Rotten:

- Dave White, Movies.com, Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Audience Reviews

3 stars

I knew exactly the kind of movie it was going to be before I watched it, nothing special but not bad. Nicolas Cage kills some people in Bangkok and then turns on his employer. For what it is it's very decent, but not anything particularly new. It's got a lot of odd moments and corny dialogue, but that's kind of what makes it work. The ending is a complete nutball way to go out, only Nicolas Cage would do it.

- ythelastman89, Sunday, July 18, 2010

1 star

Oscar winner Nicholas Cage in a garbage action film that's as cliched as they come. Joe (Cage) is an assassin. He has his own code and rules that he never breaks. His last mission takes him to Thailand where he proceeds to break all of his rules because that's what assassins do when they're on their last mission. As he breaks said rules the simple jobs become a huge pain in the ass, reminding our hero assassin why he had the rules in the first place. Bangkok wouldn't be so damn dangerous if you followed your damn rules! And while we're on the topic, why is it always the assassin's last mission? You never see the first one. Or the 22nd one. Bangkok Dangerous is trash. Pure and simple. It's a mediocre, patchwork plot sewn together from a hundred other action films that weren't as dull and unappealing as this one. Hell, the Machete trailer from Grindhouse contains some of the same plot points. It's paint by numbers time with this pathetic film which is another step for Nicholas Cage toward the pinnacle of what we call Cuba Gooding, Jrism.

- sononothing, Wednesday, March 10, 2010

3 stars

An ok action film with a decent enough production. Some odd storylines, plot developments but the action more than makes up for it. However you might like something along the lines of Vantage Point better, similar in some respects.

- Deano78, Saturday, January 9, 2010