Game Changer review: Funny action movie, though storyline lacking

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From left to right: Pittawat Pruksakit as Tee, Kyutae Sim as Sim, Issara Kitnitchi as Kid, and Khunnaphat Pichetworawut as Tuek in Game Changer. (Photo: Golden Village Pictures)
From left to right: Pittawat Pruksakit as Tee, Kyutae Sim as Sim, Issara Kitnitchi as Kid, and Khunnaphat Pichetworawut as Tuek in Game Changer. (Photo: Golden Village Pictures)

Length: 102 minutes
Director: Tiwa Moeithaisong
Cast: Pittawat Pruksakit, Issara Kitnitchi, Kyutae Sim, Khunnaphat Pichetworawut, Ploypailin Thangprapaporn, Day Thaitanium
Language: Thai with English and Chinese subtitles

In theatres from 7 October (Singapore)

3 out of 5 stars

Game Changer is a Thai action comedy set in the world of mafia. It follows the story of four friends who have been through thick and thin together: Tee (Pittawat Pruksakit), Kid (Issara Kitnitchi), Sim (Kyutae Sim), and Tuek (Khunnaphat Pichetworawut). The four of them work under Boss, who keeps the different mafia gangs in check.

One day, Boss dies unexpectedly and the four of them decide to take over his rule, hoping this will change their game. Keeping Boss’ death a secret, they find ways to continue running the rackets. However, they cannot keep mum forever, and the cat will eventually be let out of the bag.

Although Game Changer has an interesting premise, its storyline did not live up to expectations. To begin with, there are too many characters, especially the different mafia gangs. They are either not given enough screen time to make an impression, or do not have any significant traits worth remembering. As a result, it becomes difficult to keep up with who is who in the beginning.

To make things worse, there is even someone above Boss who they call Big Boss. Apart from being a convenient figure of authority, which comes into play towards the ending, what he manages in the mafia is unclear.

The story then hops between the clashes the four of them have with mainly two mafia gangs, led by the main antagonist Johnny (Day Thaitanium) and Jacob respectively. Loosely creating conflict between Tee and Johnny is Tee’s seemingly superficial relationship with Johnny’s sister Joy (Ploypailin Thangprapaporn). After meandering around with no apparent climax, the story manages to reach a less-than-satisfying conclusion.

However, Game Changer is still entertaining in terms of the humorous scenes and action sequences. Taking on the role of comic relief is Sim, who hilariously tries to mimic the voice of Boss. The fights the four of them have, which are at times gruesome – hence the classification rating of NC16 – are also bound to keep your eyes busy.

The main actors chosen to be part of the cast are also not your regular actors. In fact, Pittawat Pruksakit, who plays Tee, is a rapper; Issara Kitnitchi, who plays Kid, is a singer; and Kyutae Sim, who plays Sim, is a Korean-Thai YouTuber. This is perhaps the reason why they exude a different, more stylish atmosphere from the usual Thai actors.

If you are not a stickler for a quality storyline and well-crafted ending, and simply enjoy some action comedy, Game Changer is for you.

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