Plot: When Tai is released from prison he finds his twin brother Tan has been in coma for the past year. Tai learns from Tan's main squeeze Pang, that Tan often got himself badly knocked up, and discovers that in order to raise money for Tai's early release his twin had entered in an illegal and deadly but highly lucrative underground sport known as Fireball, a no-holds-barred mix of basketball, muay thai and street fighting in which ruthless murder is simply part of the game. So Tai adopts Tan's identity, and starts to look for a team to join for the tournament, seeking revenge.
«FIREBALL just misses the basket as a martial arts film, but as an action film with a suitably vicious, fierce and exhilarating theme, it scores quite highly due to its brazen enthusiasm and surprisingly enthralling central performances.»
«There isn’t a whole lot of story in “Fireball”, but that’s not really the point. It’s all about the action, and there is plenty of that to get you over any bumps in the plot. Sure, the premise is ridiculous, bordering on silly, but it is still a fun watch, and it gets extra points from me for including a random street kid in a “Max Headroom” t-shirt.»
«That said, as a basketball-type movie, Fireball would not muster any merit for lay-ups and slam dunks. But as an action film, then yes, it will satisfy any action junkie who misses the good old days of no holds barred fights, multiplied by the number of players on the court all happening at the same time.»
«It's almost ironic that parts of this movie are pretty decent - the cast, composed mostly of relative unknowns, manages to sell the concept well enough, and some of the scene-setting photography is very nice (even if the action photography is often a mess). When we get a good look at the fighting, it's not bad at all, and when director Thanakorn Pongsuwan and his three co-writers embrace the gonzo, anything-goes potential, the movie can be a blast.»
«So too the effort into making this a hardcore action film- the fights without a doubt intense and captivating. Pity the story though, which could have used a lot more work to make the characters more engaging. As it is, Fireball is only good for its action and nothing more.»
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