Review: The Night Comes For Us
DIE HARD done harder.Following in the blood-spattered footsteps of Gareth Evans Indonesian action-flicks THE RAID and its sequel, director Timo Tjahjanto’s THE NIGHT COMES FOR US is a terrific, full bore violent, adrenaline-fuelled, action-fest and a fine follow-up to his co-directed previous flicks, HEADSHOT and KILLERS.
Once they kick off, the relentless, high-octane set-pieces come thick and fast, from guns and knives to Zack Lee, as White Guy Bobby, displaying a novel use for one of those metal ‘Caution: Wet Floor’ signs.
Sadly it suffers from a simple plot made unwieldy by a disjointed timeline, relying on flashbacks that arrive too late in the piece, but if you go in knowing simply that this is the tale of a gangster seeking redemption by saving just one innocent young life, that should be enough to get you through the set-up and into what this movie came to do – kick ass.
And kick ass it does. Full of gore, kinetic violence bordering on ballet, stunningly choreographed fights, featuring long-takes and little of the rapid-fire editing that makes so much Hollywood action indecipherable, THE NIGHT COMES FOR US is full of the type of jaw-dropping, “Did you see that?!” scenes that made THE RAID movies such breakout hits.
A dozen DIE HARDs meet every Bruce Lee fight scene on steroids, if violent, hard-core action cinema is your thing, then you’ll love what’s in store in this Netflix gem.
With fight scenes choreographed by THE RAID star Iko Uwais, and based on Tjahjanto’s graphic novel, this Indonesian Triad thriller delivers thrills, spills, and enough action to out-Wick John and up the ante on CRANK.
Stunning scenes, replete with fountains of blood and enough gore to keep horror fans happy, THE NIGHT COMES FOR US is a cracker that deserves to be seen on the big screen, and yet mote proof that Netfilx can deliver great genre fare.