Greetings valued Dan's Movie Report readers. Today you are all in for a glorious treat. Fresh off the private screening event in Los Angeles, A '#66' online screener comes across my desk courtesy of Creative Motion Pictures!
This Indonesian crime drama is full of twists and turns, and comes complete with furious action. The action fan must remember that this film is not 'The Raid' with non-stop martial arts prowess. The action comes at the conclusion of a detailed dramatic scene, that said when the action ramps up, the fights are furious and maniacal, combining fists, bats, and guns.
I liken #66 to 'The Godfather' or 'Scarface', but #66 is more, Asun Mawardi plays the title character and directs the film, which is rather amazing, considering he is in virtually every scene. He plays a hit-man, but has a change of heart when he is hired to kill a witness.
Asun mows down the bad guys with laser precision, in fact in '#66' there seems to be an endless stream of thugs wearing the same black suit, white shirt and black tie. The fights toward the end are so long, and at times even can detract a bit from the story, but for an action junkie '#66' delivers the goods, with knives, vases, chairs, and watch for a fish tank of course to be broken!
In '#66' the men have all the fun in the action scenes. I must say, I am so used to the ladies having action scenes, that the film felt like something was missing, hopefully for his next film Asun will bring in an action lady, to mix it up with the guys. Noni Anissa Ramadhani A.K.A. Donita plays the daughter of one of the main bad guys, though she has much screen time, I wish her character had more prominent development rather than essentially relegated to background. Donita is a solid young actress, and got to display some serious emotions in '#66', I hope to see more of her In future projects
Overall '#66' delivers on the promise of wall to wall action, in fact I can say that this film has more action than perhaps any film released in the last several years. The fights were well planned out, diverse, and the movements, camera angles, and lighting made them a joy to watch. Asun bit off a big piece of pie tackling '#66', that alone needs to be commended. For action fans '#66' rates a must own 7 out of 10.
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