The Kick offers nothing new, and there's precious little focus put on breathtaking stunts, certainly not to the extent of previous favourites like Ong Bak and Chocolate. It's all about the stunning fight chorography and from that perspective, The Kick rarely takes its foot off the gas. The final act, set in and around the local zoo, is brilliantly realised, blending stylish mayhem, baby elephants, inventive action and welcome humour. If the opening hour can be accused of one thing, it's that it does at times rely on too many familiar themes, but if we're going to accuse The Kick of treading water, we should at least acknowledge the fact that act three comes on like a tidal wave of high adventure.
Hardly fresh but still enticing, The Kick is a familiar feast of non-stop action; a fast paced spectacle that leaves a lasting impression despite a nagging sense of déjà vu. Fans of Jackie Chan and Tony Jaa will lap it up, and with the Warrior King returning to our screens before the year is out, the future of Thai action cinema (with a little help from Korea) is in very safe hands.