Movie Review: SPL 2: A Time For Consequences (NC16)
As a fan of Thai martial arts superstar Tony Jaa's Ong Bak films, I was psyched to catch his debut Hong Kong big-screen outing.
SPL 2, also featuring Chinese wushu athletes-turned-actors Wu Jing and Max Zhang, doesn't disappoint. Bursting with frenetic energy and intensity from the get-go, this follow-up to the 2005 Donnie Yen-Sammo Hung original could seal Jaa, Wu and Zhang's reputation as the Holy Trinity of Asian action flicks.
While Jaa might be the most recognisable face in SPL 2, it is Wu who steals the show. He plays undercover cop Kit, who is thrown into a Thai prison under a false criminal identity.
Corrupt warden Ko (Zhang) turns out to be part of an organ-trafficking syndicate and when earnest prison guard Chai (Jaa) discovers Ko's evil deeds, he aids Kit in taking down the bad guys.
A high-octane ride filled with real fists and kicks.