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Somtum

R 2008 1h 43m Action Comedy List
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A 7-foot-tall peaceful man learns Muy Thai and uses his skills to solve case of stolen diamonds. Read More Read Less
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Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com Highly bizarre mix of Incredible Hulk, The Little Rascals, and the average knee-to-the-face martial arts extravaganza, the film is a refreshingly nutty family film that probably shouldn't be shown to families. Rated: B+ Apr 25, 2011 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Ex WWE wrestler and 7 foot giant Nathan Jones is Barney, a docile man who after a drunken night out finds his passport has been stolen in Pattaya, Thailand. He befriends two sisters who will help him find his passport. At their mothers restaurant they find that Barney goes crazy when he eats a spicy dish called 'somtum'. He destroys the restaurant but vows that in order to make it up to them he'll do whatever it takes to rebuild the restaurant. Meanwhile some bad guys get a precious diamond stolen by one of the sisters and want it back. The paths of Barney, the sisters and the bad guys are about to converge but who will come out of the melee intact? What an incredible Thai comedy/action/martial arts movie this is. You don't really need to watch it with subtitles as half of the dialogue is in English and the plot is easy to follow. It's such a good light-hearted movie with some awesome fights throughout. The stand-out star has to be the pint sized girl Sasisa Jindamanee. I've no idea how old she is - maybe 14 or 15 years old but she is such a nimble martial artist and a joy to watch. She even gets involved in a Thai boxing match with an adult male in the movie. A new Thai action girl is born! I'd love to see her in a movie with Jeeja Yanin. If you love Thai action movies, there's no doubt you'll enjoy this one. It's awesome even if the final fight at the climax which sees a Lear-type jet being destroyed is rather far fetched!! Two thumbs up! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Ex WWE wrestler and 7 foot giant Nathan Jones is Barney, a docile man who after a drunken night out finds his passport has been stolen in Pattaya, Thailand. He befriends two sisters who will help him find his passport. At their mothers restaurant they find that Barney goes crazy when he eats a spicy dish called 'somtum'. He destroys the restaurant but vows that in order to make it up to them he'll do whatever it takes to rebuild the restaurant. Meanwhile some bad guys get a precious diamond stolen by one of the sisters and want it back. The paths of Barney, the sisters and the bad guys are about to converge but who will come out of the melee intact? What an incredible Thai comedy/action/martial arts movie this is. You don't really need to watch it with subtitles as half of the dialogue is in English and the plot is easy to follow. It's such a good light-hearted movie with some awesome fights throughout. The stand-out star has to be the pint sized girl Sasisa Jindamanee. I've no idea how old she is - maybe 14 or 15 years old but she is such a nimble martial artist and a joy to watch. She even gets involved in a Thai boxing match with an adult male in the movie. A new Thai action girl is born! I'd love to see her in a movie with Jeeja Yanin. If you love Thai action movies, there's no doubt you'll enjoy this one. It's awesome even if the final fight at the climax which sees a Lear-type jet being destroyed is rather far fetched!! Two thumbs up! Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member A unique mix of physical humour and action. Nathan Jones is not known that well besides his wrestling career. He is a bald 7 foot hulk with some villain roles in Troy, The Protector, and Fearless. In this movie, he plays Barney, a gentle giant who has been a loser his whole life. He gets robbed in his first visit to Thailand, and gets taken in by a family who become his family. When Barney tries a spicy dish called Somtum, he becomes a reddish monster with unbelievable strength (like Popeye). When he discovers he cannot fight and must when faced with bad guys, consuming the somtum gives him the edge to face them. I was disappointed with Ong Bak 2, with its mundane story that strung along decent fight scenes. Somtum manages to find a balance. It sags in the middle with subplots about the children, but the beginning and ending are hilarious and entertaining. One particularly good scene is a police inspector fights some forgers in a Jackie Chan like fight in which he uses lime juice and chili powder to blind them. Fans of Ong Bak, The Protector, and Chocolate will like this. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member ok as annoying and shit an actor as Nathan Jones is in this film, this is damn solid due to the absolute badassness of Sasisa Mutha Fucking Jindamanee aka the mini Kessarin-admirer fighter from Born to Fight, add in the absolute adorableness of Grace Techarathanprasert, and solid cameos from Dan tougher-than-Tony-Jaa Chupong and Nui Kessarin, and this is damn enjoyable. All of the foreigners in this film such so much ass, seriously Grace speaks better English than them and she is like a 10 year old Thai chick. I Cant wait to see Sasisa and Grace in Power Kids. Ok on a side note, WHY THE FUCK DID NO AUSTRALIAN PRODUCER THINK TO MAKE THIS FILM???? For fucks sake Australia you suck. We possess one of the biggest muthafuckas in cinematic history, who has been a fighter in Tom Yum Goong, The Condemned, First Strike, Fearless and Troy, thats right he has opposed the likes of Tony Jaa, Jet Li, Jackie Chan and even Stone Cold Steve Austin, WHY THE FUCK DOES HE NEED TO GO TO THAILAND TO GET A PIC ABOUT HIM MADE. This is a simple exploitation movie, why didn't someone like Brian Trenchard-Smith get this shit made here. Pick up the ball Australia for fucks sake. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member entertaining to an extent fighting was good hard to see females being represented this way in this type of movie in thailand -- good job acting and the plot were...lets not talk about them Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Audience Member Not a very good one but very entertaining and very creative way to make a fight movie with a little girl fighter , younger than chocolate girl . Thailand could be next the hongkong in making fighting movie. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A 7-foot-tall peaceful man learns Muy Thai and uses his skills to solve case of stolen diamonds.
Director
Nonthakorn Thaweesuk
Rating
R (Some Violence)
Genre
Action, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 28, 2012
Runtime
1h 43m
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