Merantau 2009 ★★★½

In prep for The Raid I thought it was about time I saw the first Evans/Uwais team-up and while the narrative is complete balls and the film is far longer than it needs to be, the action in the thing which takes up more of the runtime as the film goes on is absolutely incredible with an obvious lack of stuntmen and wonderfully coherent editing creating a great many combat scenes which really do get you pumped, and it's all helped by the unique hot neon look provided by Jakarta. Uwais is a force of nature and in hearing The Raid is a serious step-up has me very excited.

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