Ashley Park Interview

IRON DRAGON TV ACTIONFEST 2020 UNLEASHED! August 15th thru the 22nd, 2020! Global Screening Information! (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report Danny Templegod

  Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and readers. Thanks to festival organizer Janelle Smith, I had the unique opportu...

Friday, August 14, 2020

IRON DRAGON TV ACTIONFEST 2020 UNLEASHED! August 15th thru the 22nd, 2020! Global Screening Information! (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report Danny Templegod


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and readers. Thanks to festival organizer Janelle Smith, I had the unique opportunity to cram, enjoy, and JUDGE the films of the 2020 IDTVACTIONFEST! The fourth year of the festival will allow people globally to screen the 'ALL” of the films through the app, a small 10 dollar access fee applies, thus supporting the festival. Iron Dragon TV has many action films from various years so check it out! 

Tickets to stream the films:

Streaming platfom is

Download the app on various platforms and enjoy the festival from anywhere in the world!

Congratulations to all of the Filmmakers!! IDTVACTIONFEST 2020 Official Selections for our virtual Festival ?

#idtvactionfest2020 #IndieAction #Martialarts #actionfilms #actionstars #BestActionfilm
#BestActionActor #bestchoreography

Screening at the festival- Acceleration, Betrayed, Cleaning House, Damned, First Born, Happy Birthdead, The Immortal, King of Hearts, Rewind, and Tribal. 



IDTV Action Fest is bringing the action virtually to you! ? From August 15th-22nd you can stream the action cinema festival at home! Here is the official release!


Download the Iron Dragon TV app and watch some of the best in martial arts action! 


On August 22nd 5pm PST a special Zoom Meeting panel will take place! With the amazing TJ Storm and his associates (Xion Protective Gear is sponsoring the event) Please visit the website for details.


#indieaction #martialarts #actionfilms #actionstars #bestactionfilm #bestchoreography #bestactionactor #stunt #stunts #stuntlife #action #training #stuntperformer #stunttraining #stuntman #stuntwoman #stuntlife #takethehit

Saturday, August 8, 2020

Vertical Entertainment Unleashes Hard Kill August 28th © 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod


 Above Photo:  Movie Poster for Hard Kill (C) 2020 Vertical Entertainment

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, a brand new action and science fiction flick starring, Jesse Metcalfe, Bruce Willis, Natalie Eva Marie entitled Hard Kill will be releasing on 8/28/2020. The Vertical Entertainment film has “A team of mercenaries find themselves racing the clock to stop a world-changing computer program from being triggered

 Film Trailer


Hard Kill--

Directed By:

Matt Eskandari

Screenplay By

Joe Russo & Chris LaMont

Story By

Clayton Haugen & Nikolai From


Hard Kill will be available on various platforms: digital, theater, and On Demand starting August 28th! Watch for more on Dan's Movie Report, your home for action and exclusives!


Rogue Warfare: Death Of A Nation Unleashes 9/25/2020 on Saban Films! (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report- Danny Templegod


Above: Poster for Rogue Warfare (C)  2020 Saban Films

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. On September 25th Saban films unleashes a new film called Rogue Warfare: Death of a Nation

Synopsis: Stephen Lang returns for the final chapter in the action-packed trilogy. When an elite team of soldiers uncover plans for a deadly bomb set to detonate in 36 hours, they must race against time to find it and defeat their enemy once and for all.  


Above Photo: Military Group prepares for a fight  (L-R) Katie Keene as GalinaandBertrand-Xavier Corbi as Jaquesin the action film “ROGUE WARFARE: DEATH OF A NATION, a Saban Film's release (C) 2020 Saban Films


Will Yun Lee, Jermaine Love, Rory Markham, Bertrand-Xavier Corbi, Katie Keene, Fernando Chien, Gina Decesare, Michael Blalock, Mike Mckee, Essam Ferris, with Chris Mulkey and Stephen Lang As “The President”

Directed By

 Mike Gunther

Screenplay By

Michael J. Day


Above Photo: Essam Ferris as Supreme Leader in the action film “ROGUE WARFARE: DEATH OF A NATION, (C) 2020 Saban Films

Check out the trailer:

Film looks pretty cool, a war related action flick for our time! Watch for review soon on Dan's Movie Report.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Tribal Get Out Alive - (2020) Movie Review (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

Above:  Poster for Tribal from IMDB 

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and readers. Get ready for a bit of insanity from across the pond with 'Tribal Get Out Alive' This great film from Evolutionary films is currently out in the U.S.A. And hits the U.K. shores next week! Producer/Actress Zara Phythian was telling me about it and actually even as proud of it as she was, I had to see for myself. After a second full watch through, I will make a bold statement, Tribal: Get Out Alive is one of my top films for 2020! The film gets it right in so many categories. Prior to starting this review, a small plot outline is a bail bonds company is tasked with assisting to clear a house with the eclectic new owner who wants to sell it and not allow homeless to reside there.

'Tribal' (which I will now refer to it in this review) actually opens up with the bail bonds team sent in to break up a drug deal and the film establishes that Zara's character suffers from PTSD. By doing this, 'Tribal' establishes who these characters are and what there jobs are rather than just dropping in on a raid or something like that. Even a few moments spent getting the audience acclimated to the characters is great.

Another very high level aspect of 'Tribal' is the clarity of the film, from the drone footage to inside a dark room, everything is clear and easy to see, the audience is brought into the action and made to feel like a part of the story rather than a spectator. Even the darkest rooms in the underground tunnel area under the home are well lit and framed, you see scope at times and in other scenes you purposely feel claustrophobic.

'Tribal' is a merging of film genre between action, thriller and even horror. What is cool is it works on ALL level, the action is fast and hard and well framed, NO shaky camera. Director Matt Routledge really knocked it out of the park. There are several types of fights, multiple attackers and some one on one, the distance of the camera is perfect. The audience is brought in to the action close but not so close you cannot see the background.

Another aspect of the 'Tribal' even though it is an indie with a small budget it feels bigger, I normally hate comparisons, but earlier this year, 'I am Vengeance: Retaliation' came out, I really wanted to like it, but with very little plot, rather pointless dialogue, filmed shakily and very dark. Both films are under the Evolutionary Films banner. Yes the subject matter is a bit different but both are action in some sense

The focal point of Tribal is the mysterious house, the contents and people inside, what is hidden, what secrets, who are the bad people who are the good? Ha well I refuse to spoil, just watch people fight, people die, the number of machetes is higher than a dozen! As simple as it sounds there are a couple of interesting side plots and possible development into a series of movies.

Overall 'Tribal' represents hard work and sweat, detail oriented post production, solid acting and musical scoring, the film really surprised me, it is amazing! 'Tribal Get Out Alive' rates an top of the heap 9 out of 10, it is really entertaining and has repeat watch-ability and a must own!

I recently spoke to lead actress and producer Zara, watch for her interview coming shortly and an autographed photo contest later in 2020! All exclusive, all the time on Dan's Movie Report!

Check out the film on Facebook @



Evolutionary Films Official Website:

Trailer below:



Director Interview:

Saturday, June 27, 2020

'Paydirt' Starring Luke Goss and Val Kilmer Unleashes August 7th, 2020! (C) Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

Above: Poster for 'Paydirt' (C) 2020 Uncork'd Entertainment, all rights reserved, image not monetized.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, get ready for a new film from Uncork'd Entertainment unleashing in August. 'Paydirt' stars Luke Goss, Val Kilmer, his daughter Mercedes Kilmer, and Mike Hatton. The movie is written and directed by Christian Sesma.

Synopsis: A parolee teams up with his old crew determined to find a buried bag of cash stolen a decade ago from a DEA bust gone bad, while being tracked by a retired Sheriff.

The 85 minute film comes out August 7th, 2020 in theaters, digital and on demand.

Check out the trailer on YouTube @

Friday, June 26, 2020

Vietnam Action Film The Foggy Mountain Unleashes To Theaters in July! (C) Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

Above: 'The Foggy Mountain' Premiere poster. (C) 2020 Phanbros film and Galaxy Studio, all rights reserved image not monetized.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and readers, a brand new action film from Vietnam titled 'The Foggy Mountain' is set to be unleashed in Vietnamese theaters in July! The full force fist fighting extravaganza should prove to be Vietnam's biggest foray into martial arts related film to date.

The tagline for 'The Foggy Mountain' is: A fearless fighter is out for revenge when his blind wife is murdered. 

Above: A teaser trailer is online on YouTube @

The film is produced by Tĩnh Lự Vô Tâm directed by Anh Phan (Phanbros) and stars Dương Trí Toàn

The premiere will take place on July 1st and Actress and Producer Truong Ngoc Anh will also attend the event.

Watch for more later in 2020 on Dan's Movie Report and!!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

Actress Kelly Tandiono Interview (Gundala) © 2020 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

Above Image: Kelly Tandiono behind the scenes in Gundala. Image (C) 2018 Kelly Tandiono, all images on this page (C) 2018 Kelly Tandiono.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and readers. In our second interview Kelly Tandiono and I chat about her involvement the Indonesian superhero film 'Gundala', which unleashes in the USA on July 28th, 2020. Kelly chats about the process and production of the film. In addition, she chats about her other activities, ranging for sports to being a brand ambassador. Kelly is highly motivated, intellectual and honest, always willing to work hard in every endeavor she is involved in. Grab a fruit smoothie and unwind with the lovely and talented Kelly Tandiono.
For further information on Kelly, please read our 2018 interview:

Above: Kelly and her stunt double on the set of Gundala!

Dan's Movie Report: Chat about how you got the role of Mutiara Jenar Sang Peraga in Gundala? How was the audition process?
Kelly Tandiono: Hi Dan really glad that you liked the movie and thank you for supporting my work. First of all I am really happy to be part of this super hero movie Gundala by Joko Anwar and Bumilangit. I first got called by the production house Screen-play that Joko Anwar wanted to see me for this new project. So I went and went through the process, he initially casted me for 3 different characters. I must say its always fun to do screen tests with Joko as he always gives you a different scene to play and he just lets me explore with my imagination. Therefore,  Mutiara Jenar is who he has in mind for me.

DMR: Looks like you were a bad girl, chat about your character and what ideas did director Joko Anwar talk to you about for the character? Were you able to add in any of your own ideas?
KT: So in this movie Joko said no one is good or bad. Its the upbringing that made someone who he or she is. My character Mutiara Jenar has a broken past where she was abandoned on a dumpster by his junkie mother. She was then picked up by “BAPAK” who then trained her to be a fighter who specialism on her kicks and raised her strong. In this story she also became a supermodel on her daily life until one day she got a call from bapak.  Before I continue, this was the background story that Joko gave to each of the actors so we can then explore and dig deeply to better understand our characters. Joko is open to ideas and he does a one on one with the actors on our reading. 
Above: Kelly stretching prior to a scene in Gundala
DMR: Chat about the training you had to do for your character how long was the pre production, I know you told me in Grisse, the team was very safe and did not let you go into the harness, how was the fighting on this film, looks like you did most of it, as they made it a point to show your face on camera.
KT: The Pre production took around 3-5 months. For myself was around 2 months of training. The production takes safety on first priority. All the actors were given a body double in case there are dangerous stunts. For myself of course, I did all the action stuff myself its what I have been training for my stunt double was mostly sitting down having coffee. Hahaha!

DMR: How long did your filming portion take, it looked very seamless, did you have to do many takes on the fight?
KT: For my filming portion I think the total is 2 weeks. Yes I had to do a few takes as the location was quite different from where we trained. We did not use any green screen it was in a real active cement factory and at one point they had to evacuate us while we were filming because there was a piece of cement that fell from the roof and the whole place was covered in cement and we all had to stop. They had to clean all the place and everyone had to use a mask. Was pretty challenging but hey it was fun!

Above: Kelly stretching between scenes on Gundala

DMR: I really loved your stern anger facial expressions, did the director ask you to do that or was it natural when you fight?
KT: I think that anger facial expression just came naturally as I was fighting. Although sometimes I have to remind myself not to be too angry so it doesn’t appear that I'm over exaggerating. I always say to myself focus on the eyes and eyebrow to get the attitude. Well that is my secret to look fierce. Hah!

DMR: I am curious did you enjoy the film? I ask this cause many people I talk with actually do not watch their own work as they see so much of it in the dailies.
KT: Yes I really enjoyed it! I must say this is the first Indonesian superhero movie that I believe became a hit in Indonesia. Joko made GUNDALA in a way that touches the Indonesian peoples heart. He doesn’t try to copy Marvel or Avengers but he uses the tools and his mind to relate with the current situation and interact with the Indonesians. Gundala has been seen across the countries and everyone loved it because it was just different. I personally adore his work and Gundala I must say was a success. I think I watched it more then 3 times already and I fell in love with my own character. Cant wait for Gundala 2!

Above: Kelly chilling a bit between takes on Gundala
DMR: Wow so you are shooting season 2 of Grisse, I know nothing can be said about the plot, but are you playing the same character, and have you read the script as of yet?
KT: Yes I am shooting 'Grisse' Season 2. With the current pandemic the shooting has been postponed to August I really hope we can shoot it by then I'm starting to miss the set and the whole Grisse Gang! I am still playing the same character as Hidayat and yes I have read the script and it is going to be an awesome season 2. So wait for it!
Above: Kelly Tandiono on the set of HBO Asia's 'Grisse'

DMR: Kelly you are an inspiration to fitness, what are some of the things you do to stay in shape I saw the extremely long bike rides, are you still doing some martial arts training now?
KT: Well fitness wise I have been always been sporty since I was a kid. Keeping in shape and being healthy has always been a part of my life not because I just want to look good but this is your asset for the future. Being healthy and fit will gain you longer life not only that, it gives you positive energy where you can spread this to people around you too. Tho some people may think I can be quiet extreme with my sport going 50-100k of cycling, doing marathons, triathlons and martial arts but this keeps me happy and put a smile on my face. 

Above: Kelly on the set of Gundala
DMR: Chat about some of your brand sponsorship, are you still with Puma, what other brands are you associated with? Chat about the importance for actors and models to be brand conscious and be open to brand sponsorship.
KT: Yes this year will be my 4th year as a Brand Ambassador for Puma. Other brands I work with is Breitling, Aqua, Nivea Sun, Sunlife,The Legian, WWF and Happy hearts Indonesia. I am very picky and take my brand ambassador sponsorship seriously as this defines who I am. I do not take brands just because it pays well but its because I love the brand and it correlates to my daily life. I am so thankful that there are so many brands that wants to work with me as I know I have my own standard and a certain image that not a lot of actors or model has. The key is to be different and have good relation to everyone around you.

Above: Kelly working out, from her Official Facebook Page.
DMR: Wrapping up, Kelly are you still doing the Models project and am curious do you ever do or would be interested in personal training sessions, I think you would be great at that?
KT: Yes Danny I still work a few modeling projects by request. I also still work with designers for big shows and magazines covers here in Indonesia. Even if my main work is focused on acting now, that model blood is still running in my veins. Everyone knows me here as Indonesian Supermodel and I still strut as one! Hahahah!

Dan's Movie Report Gundala Review

Trailer for Gundala @ 

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'English Dogs in Bangkok' Unleashes new trailer! © 2020 Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

Above: Banner poster for film from Facebook Page

Greetings Dan's Movie Report and readers, today the new action/crime drama film 'English Dogs In Bangkok' released a new trailer.

Synopsis: Synopsis | In the streets of Thailand, a trail of destruction and mayhem ensues when a notorious soldier (Byron Gibson) and criminal kick boxer (Ron Smoorenburg) join forces to become the biggest illegal steroid supplier in Asia.

Byron Gibson and Ron Smoorenburg star in this action/crime drama. New U.S. Trailer. Film unleashes in August of 2020!

Cast: Byron Gibson, Ron Smoorenburg, Eoin O’Brien, David Blazejko, Damian Mavis, David Gadsby, Mark Stas, Dean Alexandrou- Production Company | Crazy Rooster Films, Zillwood Films Director | Taffy Edwards Writer | Taffy Edwards Producer | Taffy Edwards, Brent Zillwood

For more information on the film please connect to the Official Facebook Page @

Watch for more exclusives later in the year on Dan's Movie Report and!

Dazzler Media presents Supernatural Horror 'The Assent' on DVD & Digital from 27th July 2020. Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

Above: DVD cover of The Assent (C) 2020 Dazzler Media, all rights reserved, image not monetized.

Above: Trailer for The Assent

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, get ready for a new horror film from Dazzler Media! The Assent is coming soon!

In this fresh new horror, single father Joel (Robert Kazinsky, Pacific Rim, Captain Marvel) suspects his young son may be possessed. Struggling with his own mental health, he can’t be sure what’s real, and what exists in his imagination. He is aided by Father Lambert (Peter Jason, Deadwood, They Live) who seeks his own redemption after serving prison time for the death of a child during a failed exorcism. Lambert believes the boy has been marked by the Devil himself and, without intervention, Joel could lose his son forever.

From the executive producers of Texas Chainsaw and Day of the Dead, The Assent is a new tale of supernatural terror from multi award-winning writer and director Pearry Reginald Teo (The Evil Inside, The Gene Generation).

Watch for review soon, on Dan's Movie Report.

Order The Assent

Friday, June 19, 2020

Action Film 'Snow Black' Release Date: January 12th, 2021! (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

Above: Snow Black Poster (C) 2020 Meyham Films and Maverick Entertainment, all other photos are courtesy Robert Parham and for promotional use only. 

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report and readers! Producer Robert Parham has notified me that his latest film 'Snow Black will come out on Maverick Entertainment on January 21st, 2021! 

 Above: Sarah Buckner as Sarah Camden in 'Snow Black', kicking ass in a sexy top!

Dan's Movie Report and will have exclusive coverage starting in late 2020 and on into 2021! In the mean time please check out the review of the film @

Above: Gloria Hendry in 'Snow Black'

Synopsis: Sarah Camden, a special operations soldier with PTSD, returns home to bury her mother. She realizes that she has to rid her hometown of gangs, drugs and crooked politicians. Sarah calls in her special ops buddies to clean up the town. 

Below: New trailer for Snow Black, (C) 2020 Meyham Films


Please visit the Official 'Snow Black' Facebook Page:
Maverick Entertainment:

I Am Vengeance: Retaliation – (2020) Movie Review © Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

Above: I Am Vengeance: Retaliation poster (C) 2020 Evolutionary Films, All rights reserved not monetized. Below: trailer from Evolutionary films (C) 2020


Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, across my desk today comes the long anticipated action film 'I am Vengeance: Retaliation'. I must admit the film has been on my radar for awhile and I have a pending interview with actress Katrina Durden as well. To be honest, after watching the film, I was unsure if I wanted to review, yet feel compelled to do so.

Director/Writer Ross Boyask assembles an action film that promises more than the first installment, yet sadly fails to deliver on almost all fronts. Yes there is wall to wall action and fight sequences, expertly choreographed by Tim Man, and a really great action performance by Katrina Durden, yet the film feels hollow. At 82 minutes including credits crawl, there is no story line and the only plot is basically trying to take an ex military man to justice played by Vinnie Jones. Sean Teague (Jones) apparently killed his entire team and also the father of Jen Quaid, played by Katrina Durden. In 'I Am Vengeance: Retaliation you have two groups of competing mercenaries each trying to take the other out, yet oddly manages to take the time to drop fully loaded weapons to engage in hand to hand, or foot to mouth combat. Katrina's Jen Quaid has no desire to see Sean Teague brought to justice only to the morgue, and trust me she has unloaded an entire stockroom of whoop-ass on various thugs, I mean, I need a beating, I am calling Katrina!

The 19 fight scenes aside, the singular location and very modest use of scenery made the second installment of 'Vengeance' feel claustrophobic. I wanted to see more chases, and some real dialogue. Just not enough to keep up the interest. A short action film can be excused for not delving into a detailed plot or story as what you are selling is a proof of concept. 'I am Vengeance: retaliation feels like a proof of concept short stretched to 80 minutes. Yes the action s really great, some of the fights are pretty amazing, but ultimately the film itself is a rather disappointing outing. Just not enough emphasis on story.

The film was shot in the U.K., yet is released first in the USA, I am assuming the audience is a DTV market low budget fan, 99 percent male and mostly 15 to 30 yrs old. A couple good things, is 'I am Vengeance” Retaliation' hits the mark and should do modestly well in the niche it has carved out. Stu Bennett is a solid action guy, and with the dearth of ex-wrestlers in action films should have no problems getting in on some bigger productions in the coming years. Actually that is a market for this film, wrestling fans.

Some bright spots on the film are the power and finesse of Katrina Durden and the guile and tact of Phoebe Robinson-Galvin as Kate Lynch. The ladies have a copious amount of action and are very adept at handling it. Phoebe is more of a girl next door type, yet she is surprisingly agile and not afraid to fight. Katrina Durden has a breakout role and should most definitely be a lead in a new film with a better script and larger budget. Katrina wears some skin tight leather and she still moves like a black panther when she fights, damn impressive. The film is pretty well lit and the filming itself is great for the action, the audience can see what is going on. I like the fact that many times a fight would happen and the camera would pull back just in time for a character to do a big move or finishing hit.

Overall, 'I Am Vengeance: retaliation' is kind of disappointing, I wanted more, and I liked the first film better.  Not liking to compare, but Jesse V. Johnson's two 'Debt Collector' films have  far better plots, all the while not really sacrificing action. Ross is a good director, but I feel that a second script writer would have helped him add some meaningful dialogue and story for the characters, I wanted to see more character interplay, not just small talk between fights. 'I Am Vengeance: Retaliation' rates a very average 5 out of 10, a possible rent if you are into low budget action.

Film is available now in the USA to rent or own, watch for other dates soon.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Two Heads Creek Unleashes June 23rd! (C) 2020 Dan's Movie Report - Danny Templegod

Above Photo: Poster for Two Heads Creek, (c) 2020 The Horror Collective, all rights reserved used for promotional purposes only not monetized.

A timid butcher and his drama-queen twin sister adventure to Australia in search of their birth mother, but the seemingly tolerant townsfolk are hiding a dark, meaty secret.
Above Link: Trailer for Two Heads Creek

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers, Check out this brand new Australian Horror Flick called Two Heads Creek! The film is available now for pre order via Itunes @

Written by Jordan Waller, TWO HEADS CREEK is directed by Jesse O’Brien (ALIEN ARRIVAL) and produced by Jayne Chard and Judd Tilyard. Vickie Gest and Brett Thornquest co-produce with Steven Matusko serving as executive producer.

The film stars Kathryn Wilder (MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS, READY PLAYER ONE), Jordan Waller (VICTORIA, DARKEST HOUR), Kerry Armstrong (THE VERY EXCELLENT MR. DUNDEE), Stephen Hunter (THE HOBBIT trilogy), Gary Sweet (WOLF CREEK), Don Bridges (JUDY & PUNCH, TROLL BRIDGE), Kevin Harrington (SEACHANGE), and Helen Dallimore (HARDBALL, INTO THE WOODS). 

For further information go to:

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Gundala (2019) Movie Review © Dan's Movie Report – Danny Templegod

Above: Poster for Gundala taken from IMDB page.

Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report & readers, across my desk today comes a radical new flick out of Indonesia called Gundala. Gundala is a superhero type flick, but rooted in strong, stylized Indonesian action. The movie, which has a running time of over two hours looks to set up a multiple film story line about this a superhero, whos name translates to the word thunder. His powers seem to be derived of lighting and he does harness the lightning for power.

Rather than spoiling the film I will point my readers to this link on Wiki this DOES spoil the plot line, so only read after you have watched it, will clear up things about the movie. Essentially, a young boy who is orphaned due to his father being killed and his mother being sick, has to find his calling, Many forces are telling him not to get involved when he sees injustice, but as he gets older he realizes that not only must he fight for good, but he needs to awaken his superpowers to fight.

Usually Asian films do not have the longer run times beyond an hour an forty minutes or so, but this is an origin story and I appreciated the time taken to learn about the character prior to getting his powers. In addition the people in his life including Wulan played by Tara Basro, who plays not only the love interest, but she has to impress upon Gundala how important it is to take up the fight.

The story line is a bit detailed and may be a trifle confusing, thus warranting a second viewing. The action fans here are really in it for the fights, and here is where Gundala shines like a lighting bolt! With a story line behind them, the detailed fights partially coordinated by Cecep from The Raid, are really amazing, and creative. Here we have multiple one vs many fights, in which Gundala has to avoid and react. The fights are longer and often not completely resolved, IE people come back to fight after being seemingly down for the count. In a superhero type film though this is not an issue as it happens.

There is a gang style fight on various levels of railings and stairs at an industrial factory that is a bit interested as some of the thugs are deposited down what appears to be a deep opening, only to re-appear later in the fight. Suspend belief, as this is downright comical level violence, with a middling level of blood, it is not deadpool, but not Avengers. The subject matter though is mostly for adults and people over 15 or so. I discuss this, as although the film is no where near as violent as the raid it is close and has some very somber tones.

Though I enjoyed most of the cinematography most of the film is shot in a bland sepia tone, that said it looked dark and dreary outside for much of the movie anyway. The nighttime scenes were not as well lit as they should be, but actually in this case it gives the movie more of a mysterious feel, and you still could see what was going on.

Director and writer Joko Anwar handles the adaptation well and keeps the story flowing, never getting bogged down in unecessary filler. Dialogue is important in superhero origin stories to learn about the character and their flaws and strengths. Gundala is a slow build, and his original suit is made up of common household items including a woman's handbag! A man of the people and Anwar makes sure we see this, there is no fortress of solitude here, Gundala is a humble often reluctant warrior. Once though he realizes his power, there is no stopping him and even a powerful villain like Kelly Tandiono's character of Mutiara is ultimately no match for his strength and harnessing of lightning!

Above Kelly high kicks Gundala in one of the near ending fight scenes, (Note to self Kelly is sweet, she kicks high and is somewhat dangerous ha!) Image (C) 2020 Well Go USA

Speaking about Kelly, Thanks to her for telling me about this movie last year, or else I may never have heard about it, even though it will be out in the US on Well Go USA on July 28th. Kelly plays a very bad girl in the film and is hot and hell bent on killing Gundala, and she shows off some cool moves, I like her lines and style in action, and hope she gets in on some US film asap as we here need less tiny fragile girls in action and more taller rougher ones!

Look for a new interview with Kelly, in the meantime check out our 2018 interview where she talks about working on the project:

Overall, I really enjoyed Gundala, and am of course looking forward to either a sequel or even better perhaps would be an 8 or 10 episode Netflix or HBO series, with the characters even more fleshed out so to speak. I rate Gundala a buy and 7 out of 10!

For further information please go to the Well Go USA site @