**1/2. I'm not a specialist of the martial arts genre but I like to see once in a while such movies in order to stay informed of the evolution of the genre. So still no second degree here, the characters don't think, they fight. No sooner seen than forgotten.
In some aspects – especially sound/music, visual design and narrative structures - a very strong example for the influences of video games on action cinema. The martial arts sequences are excellent choreographed and - luckily! - lack the over-aestheticization we experience in other movies (like slow motion etc.). The succession of fast sequences and moments of calmness is well balanced.
Action,Action and action,this movie won't let you take a breath just for a second...even if this movie is still lack in story and have a poor acting,this movie is a great movie with nearly-perfect cinematography with Fist-fight,knife-fight,gun-fight,and a TABUNG GAS ELPIJI FIGHT!!,you named it!!....even my friend said this after watching this movie....."UMAA,LIWAR BANAR TADI TU BEKELAHINYA!"
Anyone else feel cheated out of the original synth score? I feel like the new one brings it further down to convention, westernization and modernity and the original would have maintained a more distinct flavor to go with this beautiful piece of bloody ballet.
A film that seeks to restore the communal aspect of theater going. See "The Raid" with even a minimal amount of people at your screening and I guarantee no one will be texting or talking during it. Instead they'll be hollering, applauding, or gasping throughout the film's entire runtime - and you right along with them - as Gareth Evans and company deliver a stab of adrenaline straight to the viewer's heart.
The action bar has been raised to new levels with this non-stop kinetic roller coaster of a martial arts film. Shy on plot but so heavy on jaw dropping action. Three lead fighters are all magnificient and their final showdown rivals pretty much anything else. A wild ride well worth taking. And remember ....'have fun....". Three years later this is still an adrenaline rush...pumped for the sequel this coming wk.
Entertaining. Do watch this, apart from the horrendous acting it is so very good. What I like most about it was the casting, how (Indonesians would understand this) it is a very realistic cast with normal looking people who actually look like the kind of people in Indonesia that would go all fucking apeshit when they fight (stereotypical but it's so true). The use of bahasa is too.. formal,
Not to say that Ebert doesn't have a point. At some point, overlong and repetitive. And yes, even this "BEST ACTION FILM IN YEARS" couldn't escape that "hey, let;s be polite and face the protagonist one at a time, okay?" cliche.