The original 1999 Hong Kong version of Bangkok Dangerous had an interesting premise; a deaf/mute assassin who’s disability makes him a fearless unflinching killer, finds himself caught up in a dangerous plot involving very important people and a woman he’s falling in love with. The idea of Cage playing a deaf/mute assassin is definitely an interesting one, one which could’ve potentially gotten him some long lost kudos (when was the last time he attempted to do something even slightly edgy? Wicker Man was cack, Lord Of War wasn’t nearly as interesting as it presumes it is, so it’ll probably have to be 1999’s Bringing Out The Dead.)
Anyways, all this talk of potential was unduly dashed when it turned out that Cage wouldn’t be playing a deaf/mute at all. He would be playing an assassin caught up in dangerous plot involving very important people and a woman he’s falling in love with, and it is she who is the deaf/mute. And out the window goes all hope of Cage getting our respect back. But on the upside, the directors of the original, Danny and Oxide (coolest. name. ever) Pang are directing this remake. But on the downside, their only English-language movie to date was lame horror The Messengers. And also, Cage’s hair in the poster is back to Next level’s of awful.
Release date: 21st August, 2008.