The harder they come, in Jakarta they fall. In­done­sia, 97 mins

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This one goes out to ac­tion-film afi­ciona­dos who think they have seen it all. This bru­tally ba­sic, fright­en­ingly ex­cit­ing thriller from In­done­sia will jolt you out of the jaded zone. (Any­one else of a del­i­cate per­sua­sion should checkin to The Best Ex­otic Marigold Ho­tel and re­main there un­til fur­ther no­tice.) A punchy plot cen­tres on a po­lice as­sault squad who get more than they bar­gained for when they storm a crim­i­nal-in­fested hous­ing block in down­town Jakarta. The fight scenes are as­ton­ish­ing, the kill scenes are look-away-now lethal. The over­all ef­fect – of­ten against the odds – is all adren­a­line, all the time. Not so much an as­sault on the senses as a clin­i­cal kid­nap­ping of your en­tire fac­ul­ties. Not to be tri­fled with. Not to be for­got­ten. Rec­om­mended for those who want high creativ­ity along with a high body count.

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