Java Heat [Blu-ray]
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JAVA HEAT is a throwback to the exotic B movie fare of yore like MACAO or SIROCCO only retooled for the 21st century with a little nudity, occasional bursts of graphic violence, and a lot of action set pieces. It has no aspirations of being anything other than what it is, an entertaining way to fill 100 minutes of your time. The use of split screen ala Brian De Palma (think CARRIE) is both retro and put to good use.Read more ›
The tale begins with Lutz in custody after a bombing which left the Indonesian Sultana dead. As the woman was to be her country's future leader, her untimely demise has long range political repercussions. Although suspicious of Lutz and his story, the detective in charge (Bayo) is thrown into cooperation with the American. Lutz is not being entirely forthcoming, however, and his actions bring him to the attention of criminal mastermind Mickey Rourke. As the investigation is leading to the unscrupulous Rourke, he takes counter measures.Read more ›
Of course, Jake is not what he says he is. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Belushi in Walter-Hill-directed "Red Heat," our two heroes team up rather reluctantly at first, but in the course of hunting down the villain and occasional bickering, they come to understand each other.
The scenery-chewing Mickey Rourke in white jacket plays the villain named Malik. He is sort of a criminal mastermind living in a gorgeous mansion, whose motive for criminal behavior is not very convincing.
Some action film fans may not enjoy the film, of which strength lies in the two main characters. There are a few decent action set-pieces, but the director seems more interested in showing the relationships between Jake and Lieutenant Hashim, and the beautiful sceneries of Java.
That works to some extent, but the film is undermined by the story that goes nowhere. "Java Heat" is a reasonably entertaining B action, but I would urge you not to expect too much from that.
Originally he tells Javanese police he is an Art Historian then he is found out. Hash tells Jake at one point, "Allah gave you two eyes and one mouth so that you can see twice as much as you speak."
The Sultana of Java is kidnapped but the kidnapping is masked in both a suicide bombing and her swapping by a hooker with the brand of a tiger. Ultimately, Hash's family is also kidnapped.
The ringleader of the whole thing is the Sultan's cousin the Vizier. He works with Malik (Mickey Rourke), a Frenchman?, and a very strange character indeed.
Action? This film has it. Intrigue? Loaded. Hot chicks? You know it. Great acting? No, they definitely missed the mark here.
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Action is good but storyline has holes in it. Kellan is fine. It's ok.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found this film to be unexpectedly good. I got a copy of this film on DVD at the DollarTree and usually movies bought for a dollar aren't good, in this case Java Heat is an... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Eric B. Borgman
Right off the bat, I will tell you why I only went 4 stars...this movie lost one star because I could not understand one word that Mickey Rourke was saying and if he was trying for... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Russell S
Yes!!! My filt really enjoyed it! It was nice to watch an action movie with my kids without worrying about sex!!!Published 5 months ago by Paula Snyder
wow so bad. not even fun to watch.
Rourke doing a bad accent the whole movie.
he must just have bills to pay to be in this movie. Read more
great price, arrived on time was packaged nice so it was perfect worked great would buy from this seller again!Published 11 months ago by candice
I can't even articulate how crummy this movie and it's acting was. It was a HUGE waste of money.Published 12 months ago by Joe Bink