'The Vanquisher' [Blu-ray]
(Sophita Sriban, et al / Blu ray / R / (2010) 2011 / Magnolia Home Entertainment)
Overview: Operating under the code name “Gunja,” a female Special Ops agent with the Royal Thai Police is recruited to join Claire, an American CIA agent sent to track an Al-Qaeda member. The mission is called project Vanquisher. However, unbeknownst to Gunja, Claire is instructed to “close” project Vanquisher, leaving no witnesses or team members alive.
Blu ray Verdict: Now, and in truth, I love foreign action films. I take chances on films I dont know about in the hopes I find a hidden diamond. This one appeared in our office and was handed to me to review. I accepted, rather intrigued by the cover art. But, it turned out to be just coal. No hidden diamond underneath. Sure the aforementioned artwork looks pretty, with the tag line "From the studio who brought you Ong Bak, etc.," but as they say, you can never judge a "book" by its cover!
This movie was not like any of those noted in the tag line, sorry. The acting was bad. The characters were stiff while delivering lines, overacting while shooting (recoil of weapons), and you just never know who is who until an hour in - which adds to the poor character development over suspense, trust me!
That aside, the action scenes are ok, not great. Modern day ninjas (with machine guns) drop after a kick. Book beats gun every time. Didn't know grabbing a fire extinguisher could go unnoticed, but alas I guess its possible!
Movie was overall dark, lighting seemingly coming out of nowhere in the middle of the woods. Logical progressions in storyline are absent. Rent it at your own monetary peril! [DR] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.66:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.