Twisted Minds - Underground Reviews

måndag 14 januari 2019


Directed by: Timo Tjahjanto
Written by: Timo Tjahjanto
Stars:  Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Joe Taslim... read more

Country:  Indonesia | USA
Style: Action | Thriller
Runtime: 2h 1min

Out of nowhere surfaces this amazing Indonesian action film and on Netflix nonetheless. I'm familiar with stuff like 'The Raid' and its sequel which were great over the top displays of visual action indulgence but 'The Night Comes For Us' completely blew my brains out.

Another great action film I reviewed awhile back titled 'Re:Born' from director Yuji Shimomura who did 'Versus' in the 90's with action star Tak Sakaguchi was equally amazing so another action offering was greatly welcomed. Gone are the days of the impressive and violent shoot'em up films of John Woo or even the 90's surge of Steven Seagals or Van Damme's multiple entries. The title belt has been handed over to the foreign markets and they are serving it more than well.

The Night Comes For Us tells the story of a triad enforcer named Ito (Joe Taslim) who is tired of killing innocent people and one day during an action on a village he makes it quite clear. His friends who he hasn't contacted in years can't figure out why he would give up such as luxurious and powerful position in the crime family but he is human and his conscience has finally gotten the best of him. He seeks the help of his old friends Faith (Abimana Aryasatya), Faith's cousin Wisnu (Dimas Anggara) and the loose cannon Bobby (Zack Lee). Later in the film a character known as The Operator (Julie Estelle) also appears and is a major player in the film. Ito's good friend Arian (Iko Uwais) who is known for his roles in 'The Raid', 'Raid 2: Redemption' and 'Headshot' is the other co-headline star. Arian is another Triad enforcer and good friends with Ito but who is now chosen to become a member of the illustrious Six Seas, an elite crime ring. In order to become a member Arian must hunt down his friend Ito and kill him.

The Night Comes For Us is a perfect display of everything that makes a superb action/thriller. The violence is some of the most over the top and gory I have ever witnessed in this style of film, its jaw dropping and shows no mercy. The sets or scenes where the action takes place especially the sequence in the butcher shop is fantastic. Ito goes looking for his money from sleazy crime butcher Yohan played by Revaldo and what ensues is a ballet of bloodshed, gore and bullets. The showdown in the apartment with Faith, Bobby and Wisnu is eye popping, just the display of rabid hordes of crazed hitmen storming into the building and the action sequences are so well thought out, detailed and graphic its like nothing I've ever seen.

Where this one also succeeds is in competent story telling and convincing performances from its cast. The film is subtitled in English but people who truly appreciate great films especially if they are familiar with the days of renting VHS of old John Woo favorites like 'Bullet In The Head', 'Heroes Shed No Tears' or 'A Better Tomorrow 2' will have no problem enjoying The Night Will Come For Us. Those who can't handle the subs, it's your loss and frankly your not worthy of watching regardless.

This is the perfect action vehicle while displaying true conviction and emotion on the screen, it's definitely the new template for the action genre to follow. It's a big claim but the movie is that good in my humble opinion.

My rating: 5 out of 5


Produced by:  Nate Bolotin, Todd Brown, Wicky V. Olindo... read more
Cinematography by: Gunnar Nimpuno
Editing by: -
Special Effects by: Greg Dora
Music by: -
Language: Indonesian | English | Mandarin | French
Color: Color



Owner of and writer for Twisted Minds. Combined his love for underground films, music and comics with writing in the 90's. Started tape trading the good stuff around that time when originals of Italian classics by Fulci, Argento, Deodato, Castellari and Margheriti were hard to find. Then came German gore by Ittenbach and Schnaas, Mondo movies and Japanese gore such as Guinea Pig and Men Behind The Sun. Written for Violent Maniacs Cage, Mortados Pages Of Filth, ZFE Films With Attitude, Severed Cinema, Goregasmic Cinema, Pophorror & Extreme Horror Cinema.