Merantau (2009)


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Coming to Britain on the back of the hottest online buzz in years, suffice to say that everything you have read is true - Merantau is without doubt the standout action movie of the year. Merantau's star Iko Uwais is about to popularise the Indonesian martial art of Silat in just the way that Tony Jaa showcased Thailand's Muay Thai style with the cross-over hit Ong Bak.

Rating: R (for strong bloody violence, and language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International
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On DVD: Sep 6, 2011
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In dire need of a tighter edit and a few smiles, Merantau is a bizarrely lethargic picture, great with violence, but a complete chore to sit through between the punches.

Full Review… | January 7, 2011

Audience Reviews for Merantau


Well here is a movie where the story took backstage to all the fighting scenes...and there are lots, and lots. Too many where the story actually gets lost. The actual story that it did have was decently done, as was the acting, but unfortunately there just isn't enough of that to make this a really good movie.

Cynthia S.

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Poorly paced and repetitive fights, weak cast, weak direction. Long boring fights that go nowhere and so on. Don't believe the viral marketing some sites are throwing for this one. Maybe The Raid is actually better, but this one is not.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer


Amazing Indonesian martial arts film I ever seen in the first time. The storyline isn't much to behold naturally, though as far as action films go, this one satisfies its own cursory, flimsy tale to hold all the spectacular action sequences together, giving it some reason to have Uwais go on a rampage, showcasing personal prowess, and to add Silat as a martial arts of choice amongst so many that have its fair share of a cinematic outing, from Ip Man's Wing Chun, to Ong Bak's Muay Thai.
Iko Uwais is good fighter and really can act. Well-pace (a bit slow at start), solid action, nice camera work, brave-stunts, and the hero is just a human after all.

Dean McKenna

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