Java Heat: A Duet Movie between American and Indonesian

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Title: Java Heat
A film by Conor Allyn
Cast: Kellan Lutz, Mickey Rouke, Ario Bayu, Atiqah Hasiholan, T. Rifnu Wikana, Rio Dewanto, and many more
Screenplay: Conor Allyn and Rob Allyn

The movie started with Jake (Kellan Lutz) being interogated by Leiteunant Hashim (Ario Bayu), a detective from Detachment 88, after a suicidal bombing in the Yogyakarta's palace in the middle of a formal party. Jake was posing as grad student and working as a assistant teaching in one of the university in Java. He is investigated by the police because he is the only foreign people at the party and because he's talking to Sultana (Atiqah Hasiholan) at the party before the bomb blew the palace and killed the Sultana. The police thought it was another terorism that lead by Moslem organization in Yogyakarta. As time goes, Hashim find that Jake is not what he told to him when he was being interrogated  Then they also find out, by Jake's help, that the incident wasn't a terorism, but something else that involving an international jewelry thief, Malik (Mickey Rouke). Then Jake and Hashim unite to under arrest Malik.

Java Heat is a very good movie over all, a very good action movie. It gives a constant tense almost during the whole movie but in the right timing. Don't worry, you won't feel the tense from the very beginning to the very end. The action scene with guns, bomb, car crushed are heart rushing. The most pleasing thing about the movie so many little detail of Indonesian culture's tradition shown in this movie, the tradition that quite the opposite of American's tradition; kissing on the cheek of the opposite sex, kissing the elder's hand when leaving for school or another activity (Indonesian call it "salam or salim"). Another good thing, this movie shows the religions diversity in Indonesia. In the movie shows Islam, Christian, Buddha. The tone color makes the movie feel 'old' and traditional, so for me it's irrelevant when the General (Frans Tumbuan) mentioning youtube and twitter in one of the scene. From the dialog in the movie you'll find what American think about Indonesians and what Indonesians think about Americans. And when you watch the movie, pay attention to every dialog because its give further explanation of the story, and some unexplained scene.

The main character, Jake and Hashim, are the opposite to each other. Jake feels so comical while Hashim seems so serious. Oh and I was trapped by my own pre-assumption on T. Rifnu Wikana's character. The most dominant character in the movie is Malik, the bad guy. He's freaking bad but at the same time, he's also the comical criminal type, he used to do some irrational things. He's absolutely crazy, he's crime involving the cops, the Moslem organization, even hookers business. The only one disappointment from the movie is the ending. Actually it's not that bad, I just expecting a little more than that. More fighting and struggling scene, more tense. But over all, I give 4 out of 5 for showing the Indonesian norm detail that make the movie feels so 'Indonesian'. And also for each character, especially T. Rifnu Wikana, you fool me!

Actually I still trying hard to conclude whether the movie is Hollywood or Indonesian? It's Hollywood but feel so Indonesian. It's Indonesian but the director from American. Then, I come to conclusion that this is another duet movie of American and Indonesian. :p

Everyone HAVE TO watch Java Heat in the cinema, on big screen to feel the action experience and the tense that created.

Watch it in the cinema by April 18th. And for the teaser, here I leave you with the trailer of the movie.

Cheers and Beer,

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  1. ciyeeee udah nge-review aja nih. m-a-n-t-e-p

    1. Iya dong. Review lo mana? Sini gue baca.

  2. So many grammatical errors and badly structured sentences that you should consider not writing this in English. 4/5 is too generous in my opinion, I'd give it 2/5 max as I don't think it was particularly good or even enjoyable. But then, to each his own.

  3. @iluvschnitzel Hello thank you for stopping by. Pardon me for my bad writing. I try to be good, but I don't try hard enough yet, I guess. Anyway, thanks again, for the comments too :) Have a nice day.

  4. sudah menonton tapinyah aga maksa menurutku..hidup terus filem indonesia :)))