A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Born to Fight
When a remote Thai village is overrun by terrorists armed with a nuclear missile, an elite undercover operative leads the most unique fighting force ever assembled in a heroic bid to save their nation.
just when you're thinking this peaked early with a guy getting bounced between two speeding semi trucks right before narrowly avoiding having his head squashed like a grape by one of those big tires, you get a late bit where another dude gets launched off his motorcycle and flies all the way through a burning shack. the rest of this is a wonderful catalog of ugly hits and near misses. i assume the Thai word for "stuntman" has its etymology in some untranslatable-into-English cultural concept of the gray area between criminal negligence and suicidal audacity.
Born to Fight, made by the director of the Ong Bak series, seems to be part of the same mold of movies where the martial arts scenes are filmed to look like the actors/stuntmen are really getting hurt. I think in some cases this is actually true. It's not like the scenes are realistic at all, it's just that you can clearly see people getting kicked upside the head, cracked over the back with firewood, bouncing off of moving vehicles, etc. The end credits show a little behind the scenes footage of this and it plays like something out of 'jackass'.
The movie itself is pure nonsense, although it's the kind of fun nonsense that I welcome in a movie…
A masterclass in crazed, martial arts stuntwork, Born to Fight goes full on deathwish with some of the mind boggling action sequences on display here.
In one scene a henchman's head falls dangerously close to the wheels of a moving truck, while in another stuntmen are literally engulfed in flames from an explosion! And these moments were merely the most alarming. Be it vehicular carnage, fiery explosions, gunplay or straight up hand to hand combat, Born to Fight dangerously surpasses even CAT III levels of action lunacy.
When a truck engulfed in flames is actually ploughing through a hillside shantytown for real, you know that you're watching something close to the Fitzceraldo of action films.
And the decision to have…
Amazing stunts and action, but the story and characters are weak. Definitely don't miss the first 15 and the last 30 minutes for mindbending stuntwork.
Some of the craziest action scenes i've seen in a long time. I feel sorry for the stunts.
Thai stuntmen almost killing themselves for your viewing pleasure. Is the closest thing you will ever see to a snuff movie. If those terrorists were smarter they would knew they have to take down the rugby guy first.
Thai fight choreographer/filmmaker Panna Rittigrai is best known as the mentor of Thai martial arts extradinaire Tony Jaa,for he decided to reboot his 1984 martial arts actioner by recreating it as a completely different film only with plenty of insane action stunts and martial arts showdowns as Bangkok cop Deaw(Dan Chupong[ONG BAK 3,DYNAMITE WARRIOR]) is recovering from the death of his partner while nailing a Communist terrorist general. Deaw soon accompanies his teen sister to a remote village where she is participating in a martial arts tournament,where a large group of the general's terrorists arrive and take siege upon the village and kills anyone that goes against them. When Deaw learns that the terrorists are in possession of a nuclear…
Wow, the Thai militia is better organized than ISIS. They must have a great social media team.
impressive work. Kessarin Ektawatkul is fabulous.
Then end is… unexpected…
That was such a wild ride. The action sequences in this were so fun, then there's some really jarring serious bits, then there's some really hilarious 'serious' bits that don't quite work as serious. I'm not even sure what I just watched but I enjoyed it
Watching 3 guys beat the shit out of eachother with flaming logs pulled directly from a fire is just as cool as it sounds.
If you like tons of awesome stunts, people who aren't Tony Jaa kinda fighting like him, Dirt Bikes, Gymakata-esque pummelings, squib madness, a little girl kicking a dude in the head and a bunch of other demo-reel style action-for-action's-sake moments (and don't mind wading through about a half of mostly boring set-up to get there) Born to Fight has a good amount to offer you.
This is a movie I love that is objectively terrible. It is kind of a mixture of stuntman action demo reel and an A Team plot, with some Gymkata thrown in. The story itself is ridiculous: a group of amateur Thai athletes go to some boonie village to hand out charity gifts (?), but during this visit the village is attacked and held hostage by bad guys demanding that the government release their drug lord boss who also happens to be a general in the army. That is not the ridiculous part—when the athletes decide to fight back (after hearing the national anthem on the radio)(!), they use their special athletic skills such as balance beam…
I watched this because I saw Edgar Wright recommend it somewhere and at first I was disappointed. The opening twenty minutes or so are pretty rubbish despite some stupidly dangerous stunts and I was just about to switch it off when... It suddenly became flippin' amazing!
Dramatically it's like an episode of the A-Team but it's well worth your time for the bone-crunching stunts and ridiculous action set-pieces.
But whoever was responsible for the awful techno music should be given a flying kick to the nuts.
Ludicrous action, neck breaking stunts and Thai pathos make "BORN TO FIGHT" a must-see for every action-aficionado!!! Fasten your seatbelts!!
So-so plot. The action and stunts are incredible. This movie is literally 70% action. Once it gets to the point of conflict, its nonstop action til the end of the movie, only stopping to take a breathe for like 30 seconds a few times.