Let's start with the bad: the movie is too melodramatic at times, with the use of slow-motion and predictable piano keys making some scenes feel a bit corny. I also found the main villain a bit too simplistic. Those are my only complaints in an otherwise enjoyable movie, that has convincingly 'raw' action scenes and two charismatic lead actors in the distinct and interesting setting that is Jakarta. It's refreshing to see an action-movie situated somewhere else than America and this movie proves that a country as beautiful and rich as Indonesia suits an action movie just as well. Other good points: I liked the camera-work and the ending took me by surprise. Looking forward to see more movies from this director!
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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 ...
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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. After a series of setbacks leave Yuda homeless and uncertain about his new future, a chance encounter results in him defending the orphaned Astri from becoming the latest victim of a European human trafficking ring led by the wildly psychotic, Ratger and his right-hand man Lars. With Ratger injured in the mêlée and seeking both his "merchandise" and bloody retribution, Yuda's introduction to this bustling city is a baptism of fire as he is forced to go on the run with Astri and her younger brother Adit as all the pimps and gangsters that inhabit the night hound the streets chasing their every step. With escape seemingly beyond their grasp, Yuda has no ...
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Simple plot, convincing actionReviewed bygroovyuniverseVote: 7/10
Being an ardent lover of martial art flicks and all its heroes- Jet Li,Jackie Chan, Donnie Yen and Tony Jaa, to name my favourite ones- I havebeen waiting for a long time to have the hero of my own country,Indonesia; of our own martial art tradition, Silat.
My long wait is over now. Here comes Iko Uwais in his first movie,Merantau. It's hard not to compare the movie with Ong Bak, and IkoUwais with Tony Jaa. Not only because the two movies come from the sameregion and introduce us to the new generation of martial art actors,but also because the vague similarities in their faces. But admittingbias as I am, I would say Merantau is a much better movie than Ong Bakand Iko Uwais is a much better actor than Tony Jaa.
Merantau story is quite simple and almost cliché. About this guy namedYuda, played by Iko Uwais, in his journey of Merantau, a traditionstill very much in practice by the young males of Minang tribe in WestSumatera, in which they have to prove themselves worthy to be called areal man by migrating to other place and surviving against all odds inthe new place, gaining new experience, new skills that will benefittheir hometown or their village. Before going on Merantau, they usuallyprepare themselves with certain skill that would support their survivalin the new place. Yuda's skill is Indonesian traditional martial artcalled Silat, or Silek in Minang language, of the Sumateran Tiger(Harimau) style. He wishes to establish a Silat school in Jakarta.
But in Jakarta, fate brings Yuda's journey to the life troubles of astripper, Astri and her pickpocket brother, Adit. His goody country boynature made Yuda can't let injustice happens to those siblings,although he has his own problem to be solved. Can Yuda help them? Willhe survive in his new place and prove to people back home that he is areal man? You have to watch the movie by yourself and I guarantee youwon't be disappointed.
Merantau gives a balanced combination of drama and action. Instead ofwatching a purely action movie, I feel like watching a drama whose mainprotagonist happens to be a really good martial artist. Supported byexcellent casts, combining first time actors and the more experiencedones, the acting look natural. I can feel the anxiety, loneliness anddespair of Adit when he was forced to hide when his sister was chasedby the thugs. I can feel the rage and determination of Yuda when hebroke into the strip club to safe Astri, and I become misty-eyed whenYuda's mother waves goodbye to Adit.
Iko Uwais proves himself to be a capable actor, despite the fact thisis his first acting experience ever and he has to play the role of aguy from different ethnic group, with different accent and language anddifferent Silat style. For those uninformed, during the first part ofthe movie some of the language used is Minang language, that I, anIndonesian of Betawian descent (just like Iko), has to read thesubtitle to understand what it means. Iko is blessed with great camerapresence and natural facial expression. He is able to give a sweetsmile (he has wonderful smile indeed) and brutal angry face with enoughconvincing acting. A very good start for a new movie star whose lastoccupation was a truck driver for a telecom company.
However, what sell most from Iko's skills in the film is his fightingskills. The choreography team, led by Silat Harimau master, Edwel DatukRajo Gampo Alam (acts as Yuda's silat master in the movie) is smartenough to put Iko's skills in the combination style of Tony Jaa'sbrutality, Jet Li's fluidity and Jackie Chen's environmentally-inspiredacrobat. Without using much tricks and less wire-fest than most currentmartial art movies, the films is able to show great fight scenes, thatleft me "Ouch, that must hurt so bad" uncountable times during thefilm. Numerous times the audience give big applause after the gloriousfight scenes. Some of the scenes should also go into the "martial artcinematography history" as creative and mind-blowing. The laundry polescene left many jaws dropped, while 'don't take my towel' scene led theaudience into hilarious laughter (the small kid few rows in front of mecouldn't stop laughing for quite a long time).
In short, Merantau is a movie you should not be missed if you're anaction junkie. If you're a drama type junkie, Merantau offers enoughdrama with strong characters and profound meaning of what it means tobe doing your best for your survival and for your society. Gareth Evansis not Zhang Yi-Mou nor Ang Lee with their colossal wire fest kungfufantasy, but he has proved that even modern realistic martial artcinematography can look this good and mean this deep.
4 out of 5 stars.
The main actor is legit. Which in the martial arts cinema is rarity. Iactually saw his movie the Raid 1&2, which I liked so much because thewhole movie is just so good from the fight scenes to the actionchoreography, its just insane. Some credit goes out tot he directortoo. Now this movie, seems like it has a lower budget as you can tellwhen watching, but the fight screens and camera work are there. Thestory needed to be a bit more developed but the fight screen betweenthe silat friend in the elevator was pretty intense. I wished it was abit longer but what he did at the end will have you rooting for him.
As for the 2 white bad guys at the end. Their style of fighting waskind of non believing. They could of done better. IDK, seems likesomething was very lacking.