I never thought I’d say this about any martial arts movie, but THE NIGHT COMES FOR US makes THE RAID films look tame. It’s not just the lead who’s a mostly unstoppable killing machine but his friends as well. The body count in this thing! The final battle literally has the two combatants hacking each other to bits and I’ve never seen anything quite like two apparent layabouts defending their flat from an army of henchmen with a surprising array of skills. It’s nice to see Iko Uwais having to stretch himself a bit as a conflicted bad guy, but the film belongs to Joe Taslim and his deranged, battle-ready smile. It’s not deep stuff, and as many sick thrills the non-stop dismemberment and endlessly creative choreography provide, you do find yourself thinking, alright (director) Timo Tjahjanto, dial it back a bit mate! SSP
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