"No stunt doubles, no computer images, no strings attached"
This was the tagline that accompanied Tony Jaa's Ong Bak
when it appeared on the world's radar back in 2003-2004. Since then Jaa has gone a wee bit crazy and has succumbed to wire-fu. In his stead we have fast rising Vietnamese star, Johnny Tri Nguyen, who has devastated screens with rip roaring performances in films like The Rebel
. It looks like it may be time to add another name to the list of home-grown, all-natural martial arts stars, and it is India's Vidyut Jamwal.
Jamwal is a relatively new face on the scene, making his first appearance on-screen in 2011's coming of age story, Stanley Ka Dabba
. However, it was in John Abraham's Force
, a remake of Tamil film Kaakha Kaakha
, that he made his presence known to the world at large as a potential action superstar.
In Commando - A One Man Army
, Jamwal takes the lead, and holy fucking shit is he impressive. On top of being ripped beyond all reasonable limits, he moves like a goddamned cobra. Imagine a guy who looks like Michael Jai White and can do acrobatics like Jaa and Nguyen, it's crazy!
This being a Hindi film, they appear to have shoehorned a love story into the mix, so there will undoubtedly be songs and such, but fuck it, I'm excited! This looks like a proper Rambo
styled vigilante flick, and I can't wait!
On a somewhat related note, I've been tracking a Telugu film called Oh My God
(not related to the recent Bollywood religious comedy) starring a gentleman named Master Kamal. I have no idea about that film yet, as I've only seen stills, but it might be another one to look out for.
In the meantime, here's the ass-kicking trailer for Commando - A One Man Army
, due in theaters this March
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