Ebert: The New York Times:1/2 TV Guide:
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Quick Review: Before I saw this movie, I had no idea that there even was such a thing as Thai martial arts. Muay Thai is ‘The science of 8 limbs’. It includes moves with cool names like "Grounded Feet, Crocodile Tail, Elephant Face, Hanuman's Ring, Bolting Horse, The Ogre's Sword, The Fall of Hera, Soldiers Marching and Mad Elephant." It is a super cool fighting style and I have never seen anything like it. It might even be the best hand to hand fighting I have ever seen. This kid, Tony Jaa, moves in ways you would not believe. And none of it is fake (wire work, CGI, etc). Not that I don't like fake. The Matrix, Kill Bill and the Crouching Tiger, Hero and Flying Daggers all use wire work and enhancement effects but Ong Bak is like a old school Bruce Lee movie but ramped up 1000 times.
The story, if you need to know, concerns the recovery of a sacred Buddha head from the bad guys who stole it from Ting's (Panom Yeerum aka. Tony Jaa) village.
This movie probably isn't going to open in a theatre near you. If it does and you're into martial arts films then go check it out. Otherwise just wait and catch it on DVD. But do see it. It's a whole new film fighting experience and you're gonna love it!