Merantau Warrior [DVD] 
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All new Action ... All new Star ... All new Moves ... Heralded as the new Tony Jaa ... introducing Iko Uwais Yuda (Iko Uwais) leaves the comforts of his village behind to begin his Marantau , a time-honoured tradition, looking to make his way in the bustling city of Jakarta. After a chance encounter with Astri, Yuda saves her and her younger brother, Adit, from a dangerous trafficking ring and are the group is forced to go on the run. Yudi s introduction to the big city is a baptism of fire as every criminal in the city seedy underworld hounds their every step.
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The beginning is slow as the characters are introduced as they prepare for the rites of passage journy called Merantau, the real name of the film by the way. It is something that when a young man of a certain age leaves home to make his own way in life. The lead character, Yudo, then heads for Jakarta to become a teacher of the Indonesian martial-arts form Silat.
Yudo, through means I shall not spoil, ends up helping a girl in distress (a young stripper named Astri -Sisca Jessica ) and tries to help her. At this point the martial-arts action begins featuring some very different and exciting skills from that talented lead Iko Uwais. I personally felt to begin with the martial-arts lacked power but it's as if as the movie progressed and Yudo, who didn't seem to want to hurt any one, gradually unleashes his talents. Leading to ever more increasingly thrilling displays of martial-arts, with ever more power. it is all Very exciting with a hightlight fight set in a lift!
Fortunately this film features a more grounded martial-arts display and seemingly different from the usual Chinese, Japanese and more recent Thai techniques, that works very well on screen.
While I would say the action is plentiful I would not call it completely action-packed. However I do feel the drama aspect which while not hugely time-consuming makes you care for the characters more.Read more ›
Director Gareth Evans does a great job here, showing considerable sensitivity to the Indonesian setting but at the same time exhibiting a wonderful grasp of Western film conventions. Pacing is leisurely at first, but gradually cranks up, with every fight exploiting its environment to the best effect. The stunt-work and fighting is first-rate. Moreover, the acting from the Indonesian cast is very good (and of course Iko Uwais gives a charismatic performance as the lead) though the Western villains felt to me slightly too cartoonish for the film.
Like several other reviewers here, I have held back a star: not because this isn't a very good film (it is!) but because its very simple (and occasionally sentimental) plot doesn't advance much on what Way of the Dragon achieved forty years ago. Nevertheless, this is a very straightforward piece of chopsocky done very well, and should be a must-see for followers of the genre.
Iko Uwais shines brightest when kicking and punching his way through every extra in the country, but he can also hold a scene; If there's any justice he will be the next action mega-star in the vein of Tony Jaa / Donnie Yen. An added benefit is that Silat is such a visual fighting style, and with no-nonsense, non-shaky camerawork it's a treat to watch. Other than the slow-start, gratuitous cheesy love angle and a sloppy undercurrent of Western people taking liberties, Merantau Warrior lands every punch.
Between this and The Raid - that Gareth Evans is now 2 for 2 in my book, and with the obvious improvement between the movies, I'm super-pumped for the final installment of this trilogy.
Score: 7.5/10 - from ParagraphFilmReviews dot com
The scuffle in the elevator was phenomenal and the final show down at the docks, even better. At the same time Evans direction did draw certain scenes out and the was one occasion which displayed a lack of basic knowledge into how to construct an image. Likewise, the whole thing has no distinction in a crammed genre, with all the same archetypes and the same story. Yet, its entertaining, really entertaining, and at the end of the day that's all that really matters in martial arts genre.
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Startling and mesmerising martial arts action from the director of 'Raid'
Slow in parts but makes up for it in the very realistic and brutal fight scenes
Another quality martial arts movie, was really surprised by this, only found this because of the raid 1 & 2, class filmsPublished 10 months ago by twiddletits
it's like a really poor ong-bak. excellent delivery servicePublished 11 months ago by ross fergusson
Good film, not an overly complicated story as is usual in a martial arts flick. But the fight sequences are really good. The main bad guys are a bit too o.t. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mark Brumby
I Watched This After Watching The Raid & The Raid 2 And Didn't Realise That Gareth Evans & Iko Uwais Were Involved In This Together. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Alex McCarthy