Joe is a hitman who’s got nothing to think about except his next job. He lives by a couple of simple rules that include being invisible for the outside world, not leaving anything behind and not caring for anyone else except himself. When he goes to Bangkok for his next assignment (4 hits) this changes however when he meets a lovely deaf pharmacy assistant and falls in love with her. Although he knows he should not get attached to anyone, he also takes on his errand boy as pupil who he wants to teach the job of hitman. When he gets his last assignment though, things go terribly wrong…
Sound and Vision:
The image has decent amount of detail, good contrast and doesn’t suffer from obnoxious compression errors. Only downpoint is a couple of scenes that seem to use actual footage and look quite grainy. Overall a good transfer though.
The sound does a nice job but even with the DTS track the surround speakers are used in a subtle manner. Seeing as the action is limited to a couple of scenes (where the sound does do a terrific job) this is not surprising but music and environment sounds do keep the atmosphere up the rest of the time.
Nicolas Cage does it again! The ever-depressed actor this time takes on the role of a hitman who cares for no-one until he one day suddenly starts caring and gets in all sorts of trouble due to this. Some of the action is pretty cool, but overall the movie has a slow pace and gets boring pretty quickly. It’s like the storyline doesn’t progress and just like Joe feeling disconnected from society, the viewer feels disconnected from the movie.
Bangkok Dangerous is marketed as an explosive action movie but instead is a boring film that lacks any tension, has some plot twists that come out of nowhere and a Nicolas Cage who does his usual act.