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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.
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.
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.
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