My Rating : 3/5 STARS
MovieStudio Quote >> “A Spicy Tale of a huge man lost in Thailand”
Somtum, the food, is a spicy treat. It’s best shared with friends. You can all dip into the same plate of spicy, sweet and sour papaya salad with your forks, and daub up the juices with generous helpings of sticky rice.
And Somtum, the movie, is a lot of fun, too. And, yes, you should see it with friends, and marvel at this action-packed, oftentimes silly, but also very sweet tale.
Nathan Jones, the towering Australian strongman and former WWE wrestler, who’s played a screaming, menacing madman in such films as Troy, Fearless and Tom Yum Goong, gets to play the face — the good guy — in Somtum. It must have been refreshing for him after being cast as the heel time after time.
He’s Barney Emerald, a happy-go-lucky bloke who’s having a night out in Pattaya, where he’s charmed by a pretty woman who keeps urging him to “drink, drink, drink”. Soon Barney is bleary-eyed and blacked out. Next thing he knows, he is in a police station with nothing but his trousers.
Given a token 50 baht by a soft-hearted cop (Dan Chupong, making a comic entrance), Barney catches a motorcycle to the tourist information center, which ends up being closed. With no place to go, he sits down on a nearby curb, and while he’s there, a girl comes running by. She’s Katen (Narawat Techarattanaprasert), an orphan street hustler and pickpocket. Soon some bad guys come looking for the girl, and the behemoth Barney can’t help but get in the way. But the big guy is as timid as a mouse, and is pretty much useless in a fight. Backup comes in the form of Katen’s friend Dokya (Sasisa Jindamanee), a pint-sized Muay Thai fireball who explodes in a wonderous fury of whupass.