The Night Comes for Us

The Night Comes for Us (2018) - IMDb

I wasn’t aware of all of the talent behind The Night Comes for Us when I started the movie. I decided to finally watch it since I finally watched both movies in The Raid series. I wasn’t ready for the movie, that’s me just being honest. The violence and gore from The Raid 2 was amped up. If you’re at all squeamish I would recommend you not watch this movie.

The Night Comes for Us was written and directed by Timo Tjahjanto. I was a huge fan of Timo’s work in the V/H/S series. His use of action and motion is on full display in the movie. The frenetic energy that was on full display in his section of V/H/S 94 was featured in this movie. The story made me think that it was written by Gareth Evans because of the key element of the script seemed like the natural extension of his improvement on The Raid series.

The cast is what really got me to watch The Night Comes for Us. It stars Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Sunny Pang, Zack Lee, and Abimana Aryasatya. Joe Taslim’s acting skills are on full display with him being the lead of the movie. Both him and Iko Uwais are absolutely outstanding in this movie. The entire cast excels in what they have to do. I don’t want to talk too much about the fights here but needless to say the actors did an amazing job in the fight scenes.

The Night Comes for Us follows Ito as he goes from being a Six Seas of the South East Asian Triad to being a hunted man. Ito does so by saving a young girl from his men. This causes him to return to where he grew up in Jakarta. He seeks help from his old gang to get him and the girl out of the country. The triad hunts for Ito all the while.

The fight scenes in this movie are works of art. They are shot in ways that are innovative but are still clear. That’s one thing that carried over from The Raid series. The use of both practical and CG effects for the gore is amazing. They make the fights even more visceral. The stunt team did some masterful work in the movie. The music was done by Fajar Yuskemal and Aria Prayogi. The score is amazing and helps add weight to everything.

The Night Comes for Us is an outstanding action crime movie with horror movie levels of gore. I don’t know if this is available physically but that’s going to be one of the first things I look for after I finish this review. Timo has ideas for sequels, but nothing has come of them yet, but I hope they’re able to be made. You can stream The Night Comes for Us on Netflix. I give The Night Comes for Us 9 billiard ball pockets out of 10.

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