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The action takes a little while before it starts coming through giving the story and the characters the chance to develop. I think this pays off for the film and contrary to other reviewer's comments doesn't suffer as its director oversaw the editing of this international cut. This wasn't hacked up by a studio interference by people who had nothing to do with making the movie. Director Gareth Evans painstakingly edited the movie to lose all the extraneous material making this a leaner, meaner movie that is really very, very good.
The action sequences themselves improve with every fight getting better and better as Iko Uwais's character reluctantly unleashes more and more of his skills as he is forced to do so in his pursuit to help the young woman and her younger brother.
This is definitely one of the best martial-arts films of the last few years and is fully deserving to be in any martial-arts fans collection. If the other reviewer's 1 star rating comments about being cut are leaving you in two minds, I can tell you they are unfounded. Merantau is a very, very good movie. Still don't take my word for it rent it first and discover how good this film really is.Read more ›
Our hero Yuda (a handsome young Iko Uwais), a Minangkabau tribesman from Sumatra, goes on his traditional merantau to Jakarta, Indonesia from his tiny village. While it isn't really evident to outsiders, and not clarified in the film, the art used is a form of Silat known as "Silat Harimau" (Tiger Silat, which includes the use of the karambit "tiger claw" blade) and the Minangkabau are from Sumatra. The merantau (pronounced "mar-ahn-TAU") is a bit like the Aboriginal "walkabout", in which the person leaves the mother country alone and learns of the world outside.
Yuda immediately becomes involved with a stripper named Astri (the beautiful Sisca Jessica) and her little brother Adit (cute little Yusuf Aulia). He becomes determined to save her and her brother - become a father to them in a way. Just the thing for the perfect merantau. Naturally the Muslim Yuda will tangle with evil white infidel slave-traffickers and the explosive ending will leave you weeping, as it did me.
NOTE TO COMMENTER: May one inquire exactly what Ip Man Sifu has to do with this at all, except that he was a martial arts master? For anyone reading this review who remotely cares, Master Ip's full name is supposed to be pronounced "Yeep Mahn" and be sure you sort of say "EEP" instead of "YEEP", in a rapid sort of way.Read more ›
The story: departing his peaceful village for his rite of passage, young silat practitioner Yuda (Uwais) travels to Jakarta, where he finds no work but a sister & brother pair of abandoned street children in need of his help (Sisca Jessica and Yusuf Aulia). Protecting them from the control of a sadistic French businessman (Mads Koudal, ...Read more ›
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This is an above average martial arts flick. No flying in trees or dubbed English.Published 1 month ago by donald marazo
Awesome movie with plenty of Peking Silat. Good story-line and a good movie to watch to learn about Indonesian culture.Published 2 months ago by Teruhito Kondo
Really good movie with the exception of the ending. If you enjoyed Iko fighting in this movie, then no doubt you will enjoy The Raid & The Raid 2. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Webb
If you're buying this because you liked the Raid then prepare to be disappointing. This movie is no were near as gory/realistic as the Raid, the fight scenes are not that... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Maria Pittala
If you enjoyed The Raid and Raid 2 as much as I did, this is worth watching. Not quite as intense and polished in the depiction of Silat, but still a great martial arts movie with... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bernard Hartman
Great action! One of the best Kung Fu movies I have ever seen.Published 6 months ago by orangespider26
This is a good introduction for the main actor. His other movies are great.Published 8 months ago by Jose