Blu-ray Review “This Girl Is Badass”

thisgirlbadassActors: Yanin “Jeeja” Vismitananda
Directors: Petchtai Wongkamlao
Rated: R (Restricted)
Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
Release Date: May 21, 2013
Run Time: 99 minutes

Film: 2.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 1.5 out of 5 stars

When it comes to Thai action films, I have been grabbing them up whenever I could after “Ong-Bak”.  “This Girl Is Badass” is even from the director of “Ong Bak”, Prachya Pinkaew. Like how Prachya discovered Tony Jaa, he also brought us  JeeJa Yanin.  She was awesome inChocolate” and the title of the film suits her quite well. Did I mention that she is also only 5’2? Unfortunately this film is not one of my favorites, it plays more like a slapstick comedy, which is not funny, with a few decent action scenes chucked in. Unless you are a hardcore Thai martial arts fan, then I wouldn’t rush out to watch this one.

Official Premise: Witness jaw-dropping fight sequences from “Chocolate’s” kick-ass Jeeja Yanin, who also stars in the sequel to the martial arts hit, “The Protector”. In This Girl is Badass, Jeeja takes her skills to the next level as a bike messenger who is hired by competing mob bosses to smuggle goods. Caught in the middle and given an ultimatum, the only way out is a confrontation erupting into a battle of bullets, face kicks and blows.

“This Girl Is Badass” looks decent on Blu-ray but nothing spectacular. The 1080p transfer is relatively clear and consistent. The audio tracks are must better in terms of Blu-ray quality. First there is a Thai: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, which works well with the action. Normally, the dub tracks are terrible but since this film is already bad the English track works in its favor. The special features are also a let down with a short featurette “The Making of This Girl is Badass”, only in SD and in Thai, with English subtitles. There is also an even shorter “Behind the Scenes” including additional b-roll footage, also in SD. Lastly there is an International Trailer included.

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