It’s about time that Netflix got itself a kickass action movie to offer its subscribers. We’ve gotten plenty of romantic comedies and horror movies this year from the streaming service, but not necessarily an amazing display of violence and choreography. Look no further than The Night Comes For Us, a resoundingly graphic and grisly thriller with some of the best fight sequences you’ll see this year.
The following review will be spoiler free.
Directed By: Timo Tjahjanto
Written By: Timo Tjahjanto
Starring: Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Sunny Pang, and Zack Lee
The Night Comes For Us follows Ito (Taslim), a former triad enforcer, and his mission to protect a young girl while trying to escape his former gang after his mysterious disappearance setting off a violent battle on the streets of Jakarta.
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I too found the story to be a major weakness of this movie. There was a lot more to it than the movie’s actually bothered to flesh out. One thing I appreciate about the story is that it didn’t make characters take the moral high ground. It would have been easy for it to make Joe Taslim (who plays Ito) to take the moral high ground, but it didn’t pretend either him, or Iko Uwais were any better. It would have been easy to make Iko just a greedy, ambitious villain, but the fact they didn’t something I give them credit for.
The action on the other hand over took the story easily. Considering they last longer than any dialogue heavy scenes is also why I found it shortcoming in the story department easier to forgive. Joe Taslim did great in his action sequences. For someone who’s not as fast as Iko Uwais the film did wonderfully playing up Taslim brute strength, and reliance. Seriously, Taslim takes so much beating in this movie he makes John Wick look like pussy to me lol.
Iko Uwais I’m also happy he’s improving as an actor like everyone else. That’s a typically an issue with a lot of martial artist; they got the skills, but the acting ability. The three stars here from The Raid films I also felt were pretty good. I’m hoping these Indonesia action movies opens up a floodgate so more Indonesian movies will distributed over here in the states. I definitely wouldn’t mind seeing more them.
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