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Prachya Pinkaew, the Thai filmmaker behind a slew of martial arts extravaganzas like “Ong Bak” and “Chocolate”, is about to release his English-language debut, “Elephant White”, starring Kevin Bacon and Djimon Hounsou. A new trailer has hit the metaphorical airwaves, and while it promises ample action, it will be interesting to see how Pinkaew handles the action with actors like these who, while fine thespians, aren’t freaky Muay Thai prodigies, or gnarly stuntmen willing to completely wreck themselves to get a shot.
In the R-rated film, mercenary Curtie Church (Hounsou) is hired to take out a notorious Thai sex-trafficking gang by a father whose daughter was kidnapped and murdered by the gang. With the help of a ruthless weapons dealer (Bacon), Church finds the men he is hired to kill. But what starts as a paying job turns into an outright war between two rival gangs, and Church finds himself caught between the corrupt world that surrounds him and the truth behind the man who hired him.
From the looks of things “Elephant White” is going to be pretty solid. It looks tense, and has a decent story, though it is definitely in the vein of movies like “Taken”. And sure, there are some cheesy lines, like Bacon spouting, “Happiness is a warm gun”, but I’m not opposed to some silliness in my DTV action flicks. What do you think about this trailer? Are you going to see “Elephant White” or take a pass?
“Elephant White” hits DVD and Blu-ray on May 17.