Tony Jaa is such an athletic marvel, the latest in a line of cinematic martial-arts masters that stretches from Bruce Lee through Jackie Chan to Jet Li, that watching him onscreen is alone worth the price of admission.
That's a good thing when it comes to a film like The Protector, which has precious little else to offer. It's thrilling to watch Jaa, the most entertaining Thai import since The King and I, scamper up walls, somersault over his attackers, crack the heads of opponents twice his size and just generally use adrenaline in more creative ways than most of us have ever imagined.
The Protector (The Weinstein Co.) Starring Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Xing Jing. Directed by Prachya Pinkaew. Rated R. Time 109 minutes