Blu-ray Review: ‘Bangkok Revenge’

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Releasing on a single-disc Blu-ray package, the 2012 action movie "Bangkok Revenge" revolves around the story of a vengeful man trained to become a killing machine. This film directed by Jean-Marc Mineo showcases many moments of adrenaline and appealing athleticism. It stars Jon Foo, Caroline Ducey, and Michael Cohen.

As a young boy, the main character witnessed the brutal murder of his parents. After getting shot at point-blank range during the same tragic event, he miraculously survived the bullet in his head. However, this left him with a brain injury -- disabling him to feel any kind of human emotion from then on. After many years under the wing of a martial arts master, he now lives up to his revenge mission, which brings the Bangkok underworld crumbling down.

Visuals

The action shots become the saving grace of this mediocre picture. The main actor shines as a martial arts monster situated in a number of spectacular fight sequences, which include those in really cramped spaces such as the car, elevator, and subway. This Blu-ray transfer generally delivers crisp and sharp images, vivid colors, and accurate skin tones. The presentation is free of blemishes and other notable flaws. Although there are no crushing issues to note, there is a serious lack of shadow details, which can turn out quite annoying for many videophiles.

Audio

The disc features a five-channel lossless mix and an alternative stereo mix. Languages used in the film are Thai and English. The master soundtrack aptly supports the movie's overall action vibe. Dialogue, music, and effects are nicely balanced throughout. Although used sparingly, the rears help deliver some needed emotional impact. No noticeable aural hiccups plague the track.

Supplements

This HD release offers nothing but the film's trailer and an option for English subtitles.

Final Thoughts

"Bangkok Revenge" may pack a hell of a punch for its action scenes, yet it is a chock full of bad acting and poor storytelling as well. Although the main actor's fighting chops keep up with the entertainment level of the film's action-packed moments, his character's emotional dysfunction is not utilized well in the narrative. With their performances, the other characters seem like they are also suffering from the same physical disability as the main character. This is the type of martial arts flick that most viewers would be more interested in fast-forwarding every now and then, just to get to the cool action sequences.

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