April 18, 2020 (NYC)– The Night Comes For Us is a 2018 Indonesian martial-arts action film. Timo Tjahjanto wrote and directed this non-stop, martial arts action thrill ride. It will keep you engaged, from beginning to end. This is an exciting, well filmed, well-acted thriller that is worth watching. I could not take my eyes off of it, despite being over two hours long, and despite it being subtitled.
I originally sought out this film because of my admiration for the Netflix series, Wu Assassins, and its star, Iko Uwais. He is a brilliant martial artist and an up and coming action star in the west. He was previously featured in our review of Jesse V. Johnson’s ensemble martial arts film, Triple Threat (2019). He co-stars in this film with Joe Taslim, who plays a Triad enforcer that develops a conscience. Both men display real talent and skill in this film. Their fight scene is terrific but INSANELY violent.
Make no mistake, this film is not Wu Assassins or Triple Threat, this is, by far, the most violent martial arts film I have ever seen and, possibly, one of the most violent films I have ever seen. Despite that I truly found it compelling, interesting, and enjoyable. NOTE: THIS IS NOT FOR KIDS or the SQUEAMISH!
This film has really peaked my curiosity about Indonesian, martial arts film making. The choreography of the fight scenes and the quality of the film making are top notch. It is no surprise that Netflix purchased the Distribution rights. I look forward to exploring more of this type of filmmaking and, the possibility of a sequel.