Joe is a professional hit man who picks someone off the street to do his errands, and after he is finished kills that person. His next assignment takes him to Bangkok, and as usual, he finds a street-wise guy named Kong to help him. After Kong has a close call and learns who Joe is, Kong asks him to train him and he does. Joe also meets a local girl who is deaf and spends time with her. However, Joe has a hard time keeping his other life from her. It also appears that the person who hired Joe, breaks his rule of complete anonymity and tries to find him. Written by
Nicolas Cage had committed to several pictures after the completion of his work on this film. To accommodate his limited schedule, some sets were recreated and built in different locations so no shooting time would be wasted. See more »
When Joe injects the needle with heroin into the arm of his helper in the beginning of the movie you can see the base of the syringe move, which wouldn't be possible if there was a needle attached to the syringe and in his arm. It's also a rather obviously prosthetic vein he's injecting into - the skin on the helper's arm is wrinkled for a couple of inches ahead of where the needle goes in, and it's also possible to see where the edges of the prosthetic are adhered to the actor's real skin. See more »
[Narrating, upon arriving in Bangkok]
Bangkok. It's corrupt, dirty and dense.
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I've read many of the reviews here about this movie and I must disagree with most of them.
While the original was definitely grittier and more native, due in part to the lower budget I'd guess, this production was more polished and even a bit "Hollywood like". Cage's acting was exactly what I expected and the location filming lent a very accurate air of realism.
There is a story being told here so the movie does move between intense action and quieter moments.
If you dislike remakes of films in general then I suppose this may not appeal to you. But if you are a fan of Nicholas Cage, or have ever visited Thailand for that matter, then I can wholeheartedly recommend this film to you.
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