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The Protector

Thriller . Drama . Crime . Action

In Bangkok, the young Kham was raised by his father in the jungle with elephants as members of their family. When his old elephant and the baby Kern are stolen by criminals, Kham finds that the animals were sent to Sidney. He travels to Australia, where he locates the baby elephant in a restaurant owned by the evil Madame Rose, the leader of an international Thai mafia. With the support of the efficient Thai sergeant Mark, who was involved in a conspiracy, Kham fights to rescue the animal from the mobsters.

Actors: David Asavanond , Damian de Montemas , Jon Foo , Lateef Crowder , Johnny Tri Nguyen , Nathan Jones , Xing Jing , Bongkoj Khongmalai , Petchtai Wongkamlao , Tony Jaa
Directors: Prachya Pinkaew
Release: 2006-09-08
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  • Sean Axmaker

    A furiously choreographed martial-arts spectacle wrapped in a fumbling narrative.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The Protector is about 84 minutes long, and only four of those minutes are devoted to plot.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    The Protector is the nuttiest movie I've seen all year, and I've seen the last 20 minutes of "The Wicker Man."

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Nathan Lee

    The Protector supersizes the formula of "Ong Bak."

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Marc Bernardin

    It's silly, at times laughable, sure, but Jaa has a reckless, bone-cracking grace that transcends the film's triviality.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Brian Clark

    But while every expertly choreographed Muy Thai bout delivers, the film suffers from haphazard editing. Entire sequences of explanation are missing, as if Pinkaew made a 2 1/2 hour martial-arts film and then cut everything but the fighting scenes.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Delivers a steady stream of cheap B-movie thrills, plus two positive messages for young people: Be nice to animals, and when in doubt, always aim for the tendons.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    While the story's silly, the stunts, choreographed by Jaa and popular Thai filmmaker Panna Rittikrai, are spectacular.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    The movie is a series of ever more elaborate fight sequences and increasingly more and larger opponents.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Derek Elley

    Boasting the same refreshing avoidance of CGI and wire work as "Warrior," slickly made production (largely by the same team) is more consciously aimed at the international market, with its Australian setting and multilingual dialogue.

    Variety Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    Even a superstar needs to surround himself with better material than this.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    Jaa has the skills for the job, and shows them off in numerous fight scenes; it's just a shame that the movie he's in is barely acceptable in any other respect.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Lives up to Tarantino's imprimatur, both in its cheesy grind house aesthetic and its occasional forays into brilliant, bravura filmmaking.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Richard James Havis

    A relentless focus on action over character and story will leave more mainstream viewers cold.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    It's little more than a disjointed succession of kick-ass action scenes.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • G. Allen Johnson

    A bad film with a great star and some truly amazing action sequences.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    In truth, only hard-core martial-arts fans will be able to keep from squirming in their seats with boredom through at least some parts of this 82-minute kablammo-fest.

    Slate Full Review
  • Reece Pendleton

    A general lack of charm make this pretty tough to sit through.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Robert K. Elder

    Anytime Jaa isn't on screen, The Protector sputters.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    The movie is basically a love story between a man and his elephant, and if viewed as such, it's not nearly as ridiculous as the movie it first appears to be.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Michael Ferraro

    Sadly, the greatness of Jaa's movements are drowned by an ocean of bad editing, terrible dubbing, disorienting action sequences, and repetitive fight sequences that feel as if they were copied straight from a side-scrolling videogame like "Streets of Rage."

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    This ludicrous Quentin Tarantino-chosen low-budget movie features choppy editing and an amateurish script, and it switches strangely back and forth between dubbing and subtitles.

    New York Post Full Review
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