Gareth Huw Evans / RI, 2011
Indonesian version / English and Czech subtitles, 100 min
A special police unit is assigned the task of penetrating a closely guarded apartment building in the slums of Jakarta and arresting the drug lord who occupies the top floor. The team is soon betrayed, however, and the laconic boss uses the intercom to issue his orders: any tenant who helps kill the police will live rent-free forever. The small group that survives the ensuing bloodbath has only one choice: to keep advancing higher, the only direction that offers a chance of survival. What follows the obligatory set-up makes this movie one of the best action flicks of the last decade: explicit adrenaline-fueled action with elaborate choreography and the brutal poetry of violence in a dynamically filmed battle that pushes the boundaries of the physically possible and exceeds every imagined limit Asian film has ever set itself. Lead character Officer Rama (portrayed by Iko Uwais, who demonstrated his talents in the director’s 2009 film Merantau) must fight his way to the very top of the criminal chain of command using anything and everything he can lay his hands on.