We were sad to hear that Gareth Evans, the director of critically acclaimed Indonesian action movies The Raid and The Raid 2, recently said that he was no longer interested in doing a third movie in the series. Fair enough, given his career is moving in a very different direction recently (his newest movie, Apostle, recently dropped on Netflix to strong reviews) but as martial arts film fans we couldn’t help but be disappointed we weren’t going to another dose of hardcore Indonesian action thrills anytime soon.
But fortunately for us, that feeling didn’t last long as we learned that a brand new Indonesian action movie is coming out soon to Netflix as well. And that movie, The Night Comes For Us, looks like about the best thing action film fans could hope for short of a third Raid movie.
Directed by Timo Tjahjanto, who also directed the action film Headshot and several cult horror films, TNCFU features Raid star Iko Uwais (who also starred in Headshot and most recently Mile 22 with Mark Wahlberg) in his first role as a bad guy. He faces off against judo champ turned action hero Joe Taslim (who also starred in The Raid as well as Hollywood blockbusters such as Fast & Furious 6).
In TNCFU, Taslim stars as an elite Triad assassin who tries to find redemption by sparing the life of a young girl but then has to face an onslaught of murderous gangsters as a consequence.
TNCFU debuted last month at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, where it garnered rave reviews such as this one from /Film reviewer Matt Donato who raved about the “punch-a-minute thriller,” writing:
The Night Comes For Us is a punching bag ready to burst at the seams from hardcore and non-stop pummeling. Timo Tjahjanto masters fist-of-fury filmmaking not only by dragging audiences into a mega-fun knockout most pit but experimenting with body-cam angles and honoring continuity. As fighters duel and glide down hallways where dead bodies lay, blood slickens the floor and intestinal mounds need to be stepped over. You’re in for a maximum dosage of adrenaline shot straight into your heart that rules with bloody knuckles.
You don’t have to wait for this one to hit theaters first because TNCFU premieres worldwide on Netflix on October 19.