This first teaming of director Evans and star Iko Uwais starts as a slow moving action film with a fairly generic premise as a country boy falls afoul of a criminal element when he moves from village to city. Then the last 40 minutes just explode into a kaleidoscope of well choreographed action mayhem which hint at the masterful work that would follow in the two 'Raid' films.
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.
Le prove generali di Evans prima di The Raid.Storia banalissima,che serve solo a dar vita a coreografie man mano più ardite e convulse,in set che a volte sono anche affascinanti(bello lo scontro a tre finale con il rosso acceso).Il resto è poca cosa,con dialoghi loffissimi,personaggi caricaturali e script da b-movie,ma non è certo questo che si va a cercare in un lavoro del genere.Evans getta le basi per scatenarsi.
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.