The Night Comes for Us – Review

Genre Action, Thriller
Directed by Timo Tjahjanto
Starring Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Sunny Pang, Zack Lee
Released on 22 September 2018(Fantastic Fest), 19 October 2018
Duration 121 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 8/10
Channel Netflix

The Night Comes for Us, crazy visuals paired with excessive violence, this is every action movie fanatic’s wet dream. Although it tilts towards a little too much on the gore, it’s still an exciting watch.

By the time everyone’s watched the film, people will be raving about the action sequences and I am no exception. Perfectly choreographed with stunning camera work, they are flawless. Directed and written by Timo Tjahjanto, The Night Comes for Us is an action movie that will go down as one of the best of its genre.

Here’s what happens, the South East Asian Triad controls about 80%-ish of the continent’s smuggling activities. We’re talking everything from drugs and weapons all the way to human trafficking. Anything terrible really. Very few are privy to their inner workings and so the Triad leaders have the “Six Seas”. The Six Seas are given free reign in essence, to do anything they very well please. Any extreme measures are allowed as long as they remain loyal. Any act of disloyalty and they will be tracked down and murdered.

So, when some Triad money is stolen and the culprits found, an entire village is burned down and Ito (Joe Taslim) finds the last survivor to be a little girl Reina. Just as the Triad soldiers are about to kill her, Ito instead turns his weapon on them and kills them all and flees with the girl.

Badass assassins trying to save a little girl and sacrificing themselves in the process, come on, that is adorable! There are a few tender scenes, but aside from that it’s all very bloody and gross. If you’ve ever taken a biology class and if your IQ isn’t in the single digits you might find yourself screaming at the way human bodies are going down because hey, a bullet that goes in like that can’t possibly come out that way! The amount of time all the characters should have died is unfathomable, but it’s okay. It’s jaw-dropping and ridiculous, but it’s fun to watch.

In The Night Comes for Us, there’s a lot of bone crunching, limbs tearing, skull crushing and so on. I thought that all the (a little disgusting to be honest) gore would numb me after a while but Tjahjanto is incredibly talented, not to mention the creative stunt directors and cinematographer (Gunnar Nimpuno). Hats off.

All the bloody scenes feel a bit comical after a while but are still entertaining, if you’re into that thing that is. Not for the peeps with weak stomachs, definitely. Also, you probably shouldn’t eat anything before or while you’re watching it. Other than that, you’re good to go.

Video Credit – YouTube

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