Rating: 5 stars
Seen 1 time
Seen on: 10/22/2011
In Minangkabau, West Sumatera, Yuda a skilled practitioner of Silat Harimau is in the final preparations to begin his “Merantau” a century’s old rites-of-passage to be carried out by the community’s young men that will see him leave the comforts of his idyllic farming village and make a name for himself in the bustling city of Jakarta.
Length 106 minutes
Being so impressed by a trailer for THE RAID led me to MERANTAU, which left me even more impressed with Gareth Evans’ work.
The story is fairly standard stuff, but in the world of the not-often-exposed Indonesian sex trade. The action seems fairly standard issue as well for a bit, and then Evans starts to hit the gas, especially in the second half. Though Evans goes to the well two too many times on one move, I was amazed at not only the fight choreography, but some of the long single takes that were happening on screen and how brutal some of the stunts were.
The cast all turn in nice performances, but especially Iko Uwais (Yuda); the man has quite expressive eyes.
Evans seems to have a great future in the action genre and a chance to really influence. MERANTAU is my favorite action movie I’ve watched this year and one of my favorites overall.