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Java Heat [Blu-ray] [2013] [US Import]

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00D6I7GE6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,842 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Format: DVD
Java Heat is a fun 2013 action film set in Indonesia. It is a film brimming with Indonesian cultural references, a fun tour through Javanese traditions for any friend of the country. The film stars beefy American Kellen Lutz as a US Marine teaming up with Ario Bayo from the elite Indonesian counter terrorism unit Densus 88. The pair investigate a suicide bombing which has killed the 'Sultana of Java' played by Atiqua Hashihotan. In the background lurk the Tong, jihadis, and perverted criminal Malik played by Mickey Rourke.

Rourke is really quite funny in his role as a horrible and depraved criminal. His Francophone accent adds to his character by marking him out as strange and different. He does mumble a bit so the volume sometimes needs to go up around him. He is a ruthless character with no qualms about killing. He also represents the very worst of Western interest in Southeast Asia - the sex tourist. Iti s a character designed to repel the audience, it is such a good bad guy role there is never really a moment where the audience wants Rourke's character Malik to win.

The layers of villainry are really well developed. Malik is the western menace. He is not the only threat. The Tong and their criminal empire make up a threat lying just beneath the moral veneer of Indonesian society. They are of course part of the Chinese-Indonesian community, a group of people often seen as somewhat separate from the majority communtiy in the country.

The other group of villainry are the jihadis. The lead jihadi is a well-carved out character. He actually has morals and believes in what he stands for. It might be something the audience cannot abide but it is an internally consistent set of beliefs.
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Not since "Rush Hour" has there been two more mismatched investigators. Jake Wilde (Kellan Lutz- Matt Damon light) teams up with an Indonesian policeman, Lieutenant Hashim (Ario Bayu) to go after the killer of the Sultana (Atiqah Hasiholan). She was the Princess Di of Indonesia. Malik (Mickey Rourke) soon appears as the bad guy who uses reluctant Jihadists to steal art and jewels.

The plot doesn't have any real twists, although the identity of Jake changes from scene to scene. This is a "me too" crime action drama that never grabs you because the characters are written so bland. I felt like I was watching a serious Bollywood production without the dance numbers. The film has some interesting scenes, but for the most part is not worth a rental.

Parental Guide: No F-bombs. Brief male nudity (Kellan Lutz glute)
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Format: DVD
This film went straight to DVD as far as I'm aware, and you can see why. The story itself isn't bad and there's plenty of action if that's the bag you're into, but I felt a different director with a bit more cash to splash may well have turned this into a none too minor hit....but....the story meanders round too much, certainly in the middle of the film and it just felt rather confused as if the makers weren't totally sure in which direction to take things and when cutting cobbled together a mixture of edits. I could have forgiven that, but oh, the acting. Mickey Rourke did seem to be reading (mumbling) his lines straight off the page, but the real horror was Kellan Lutz, an actor so wooden that splinters were hitting the screen every time he appeared. I've never wanted to see Twilight so have no idea whether he was any better in that but I guess a handsome face and a few muscles go a long way...doesn't mean he shouldn't perhaps pursue a less taxing career choice than one which requires the ability to walk and talk at the same time without looking like it's using every brain cell he has!
Shame, certainly not rubbish as the story had plenty of merit and a few twists and turns and was definitely pretty pacy but simply could have been so much better.
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