The Night Comes for Us ★★★★½

Basically The Raid 3, except possibly better than The Raid 3 that we would’ve gotten. Lacks the slick choreography, camerawork, and editing of Gareth Evans movies but more than makes up for it with the sheer brutality of the fight scenes and buckets and buckets and buckets, and buckets of gore. Seriously this thing is borderlining splatter horror. Certain review called it the “Action Cinema’s DEAD ALIVE” and I couldn’t think of a better analogy myself. It’s just so gleefully violent and brazenly cartoony, with eye popping colors, a slew of comic book characters and again, so much over the top gore. How could anyone not be thrilled by every single minute of this?

I also find it really interesting to see the two entirely different approaches to action between Gareth Evans, who was mostly inspired by golden age Hong Kong cinema (which was all about choreography and editing) and doesn’t like to linger on violence and Timo Tjahjanto, who does the exact opposite. Timo is clearly more interested in seeing different body parts being mutilated in different ways thanks to his primarily horror background and according to Gareth Evans his “encyclopedic knowledge of horror”, which really came in handy here because I don’t think I’ve ever seen another martial arts movie (or maybe even action movies in general) with this many people being subjected to this much body horror. Unreal.

Timo Tjahjanto apparently has a trilogy planned but for now all I can say is “good luck topping this one” because Timo my man, you’ll need it.

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