3 1/2 Stars
Kevin Bacon shows up as an ex-CIA agent gone rouge living the cover of an English arms dealer. His appearance is a welcomed site and he seems to be enjoying himself while spitting out a cockney accent that sounds like something from a Guy Ritchie film. The script credited to writer/actor Kevin Bernhardt (loved this guy in ‘Hellraiser 3’) is adequate; the story of an outsider hired to instigate a war between two gangs has been covered before. However adding a sidekick that may or may not be a spiritual force is a nice touch. Taking bits from ‘Death Takes a Holiday’ and ‘Yojimbo’ this mystical/action hybrid is very intriguing if you can get past the somewhat awkward opening passage.
The idiom ‘White Elephant’ is defined as a possession unwanted by the owner, but difficult to dispose of. The title can be seen as a metaphor for the assassin’s conscious or the burdensome girl who questions his every move. Either way it’s a tip-off that this above average direct-to DVD offering has a lot more going on for it than most entries in this overcrowded genre. An interesting and explosive film that is far superior to the ‘Bangkok Dangerous’ remake from a few years back.
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Stars: Kevin Bacon, Djimon Hounsou, Jirantanin Pitakporntrakul