|Kill ‘Em All (2012)|
|Starring:||Gordon Liu, Joe Lewis, Johnny Messner, Som Amara, Tim Man|
If there is one member of the cast that the movie is supposed to be a vehicle for, it is Zom Ammara Siripong, sometimes referred to as Som Amara Siripong, Zom Ammara, and other variations. This young and stunning actress, who is in fit shape and sports a half-sleeve tattoo design, is treated as the next-big-thing. Her actual acting performance comes off as a bit stiff, but this is somewhat expected as she is speaking English, which is a second language for her. Siripong has only appeared in the amazing Chocolate previous to this film, but it is easy to see her being a star within future productions. With a pop music career and a reputation for these tough roles, she could go quite far within the industry. She may not be the athlete that her former-costar JeeJa Yanin is, but she does commit to the action quite well. And although the plot becomes utterly ridiculous by the final third of the movie, she and the rest of her castmates remain committed to the sincerity of this project. They do this even when fighting off swarms of ninjas and hordes of “freaks.” Indeed, the final act is totally ludicrous, but it manages to work because it isn’t treated like a punchline. Although this is a cheap martial arts title with very little plot to speak of, it doesn’t try and play itself up as a “grindhouse” title or try and glamorize how silly it is. Instead, it plays the ninjas and the freaks as completely legitimate, and I did like this facet of the movie.