i liked this, though i wish i would have watched it before i saw The Raid, if only because The Raid refined his style and gave it a much more brutal and slightly more realistic touch. The Raid worked more because i was constantly on edge, and though while still a good film, Merantau reminded me a little too much of Ong-Bak.
It's easy to compare this film to "Ong Bak" since they share a similar premise of a country boy going to the city and running afoul of some criminal element. But "Merantau" and its star, Iko Uwais, deserve to stand on their own. Iko is the real deal: a charismatic and talented martial artist who is going to go places in the global action scene. I look forward to his next project with director Gareth Evans, The Raid.