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  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Robert K. Elder

    Anytime Jaa isn't on screen, The Protector sputters.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A relentless focus on action over character and story will leave more mainstream viewers cold.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    It's silly, at times laughable, sure, but Jaa has a reckless, bone-cracking grace that transcends the film's triviality.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 16+

Violent martial arts action; older teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the film is essentially a series of brutal martial arts fights, with bones crunching and bodies slamming. In a sad scene that leads directly to action, a young man's father is shot (bloody chest) and dies in his arms. Fights show bodies thrown through walls and windows, into furniture, and in/out of vehicles. Some assaults result in bloody faces or bodies. One sequence features slow motion kicks/hits performed in standing water, with background fires burning; another a lengthy series of bones breaking (arms, legs, necks, backs) with loud sound effects. One villain throws a baby elephant through as window (reportedly, a real elephant was not used); one adult elephant appears dead/mounted as a trophy. One scene shows characters eating exotic animals (close-ups of slithery items being chewed), while another shows young women/older men in mud bath, and still another shows a young boy dying of poisoning (briefly gruesome).

  • Families can talk about Kham's devotion to his elephant (Kohrn) and to the "old ways" the elephant and Kham's murdered father represent. How is Kham's relationship to the baby elephant paralleled to his devotion to his father? How does the movie compare the warrior's traditional, honorable code to the criminals' corrupt "modern" code? How is violence (in the form of skilled martial arts) celebrated, whereas mercenary, selfish violence is condemned?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Villains deal in all sorts of corruption (police payoffs, exotic animal cuisine, drugs, guns); hero is extremely focused and upright.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Ongoing and often brutal martial arts action (bone-breaking, falling, flipping, punching, kicking, assaults with poles); character shot in chest (visible blood, and he dies); some other shooting, some car chasing/crashing.

  • sex false5

    Sex: A couple of scenes feature women disrobed/disrobing; in a mud bath, a dancer/call girl rubs mud on her breasts/torso and lap dances a police commissioner (other girls appear in background, in thongs, with another man); in another, a woman bathes in rose petal water, emerging to have a man put a silk robe on her (no explicit body parts here); Rose is portrayed by a famous Thai transsexual star.

  • language false3

    Language: Profanity, including "ass" and "s--t" (once written in subtitle).

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking by background characters.