Double Feature: The Night Comes For Us (2018) & Come and Find Me (2016)

Next double feature is here! This time is a bit of a fast pace film duo with Netflix distributed Indonesian action crime film The Night Comes For Us and drama thriller Come and Find Me. The first I originally watched as a contender for opening the Ultimate 2010s blogathon and the second was just a random pick and I hadn’t watched an Aaron Paul movie in a while. Let’s check it out!

The Night Comes For Us (2018)

The Night Comes For Us

Director (and writer): Timo Tjahjanto

Cast: Joe Taslim, Iko Uwais, Julie Estelle, Zack Lee, Salvita Decorte, Sunny Pang, Hannah Al Rashid, Dian Sastrowardoyo, Abimana Aryasatya

Ito (Joe Taslim), a gangland enforcer, caught amidst a treacherous and violent insurrection within his Triad crime family upon his return home from a stint abroad. – IMDB

Indonesian cinema has been gradually finding its spot in the last decade or so especially when The Raid: Redemption arrived in 2013. With the two main leads from that film being the leads in The Night Comes For Us, the least we do know is that there will be some fantastic action. There’s a lot to love about The Night Comes For Us even if its very much a lot of the same bloody, fast-paced and action-packed sort of deal that Indonesian action films have been showing (at least in my very little experience from the 3 films I’ve seen..so I could be wrong, and if I am, please let me know other Indonesian movies to check out).

Running the movie and being caught up in this action thriller is Ito played Joe Taslim who is amazing because he is this good-looking rugged action star who truly has some fantastic moves, not surprising since he was on the Indonesia Judo national team for a while. Between him and Iko Iwais as well as the femme fatale characters and Ito’s buddies, the action has a lot of variety and keeps it pretty fresh throughout with different weapons and stylishly violent.

A lot of people want to bring in the Chinese into their action crime thrillers these days. Being Chinese myself, I naturally tend to judge the believability of the people speaking this language and for myself, the actors speaking Chinese definitely could be better. However, the story itself was in some ways rather straight forward and it was somewhat of big plan or just reasoning as to why Ito wanted to make that first decision to save the girl and slowly gives an idea of his spot with the Six Seas and then into the relationship with his friends.

Come and Find Me (2016)

come and find me

Director (and writer): Zack Whedon

Cast: Aaron Paul, Annabelle Wallis, Garret Dillahunt, Enver Gjokaj, Terry Chen, Zachary Knighton, Chris Chalk

When his girlfriend goes missing, David must track down her whereabouts after he realizes she’s not who she was pretending to be. – IMDB

Its not surprising that Come and Find Me was an unknown title to myself. It did only have a limited release and VOD. Its quite a pity because while Come and Find Me follows the motions of a general thriller of this type in a relatively predictable way, its actually executed pretty well. I might also be a little skewed because this type of setup where past and present intertwine when done well is a pretty neat structure. I do admit thay there is a beginning sequence that feels like the setup took a little longer than needed.

Aaron Paul is definitely the central character here as David who finds his girlfriend missing one day and then realizes something isn’t quite right when her friend comes to trash their place in search for something. Its this that starts his search for her in another direction and leads him to find him her different secrets and essentially who is really is. Aaron Paul does deliver a great role here. Plus, I love movies that throw their characters on wild and unexpected rides turning them from clueless innocents into tougher characters.

Come and Find Me was a pleasant surprise. It had some slower moments but overall it was executed fairly good. There was a bit of intrigue and mystery and thrills. Its a decent random pick.

That’s it for this double feature!
Have you seen these two films? Thoughts!

Fantasia Festival 2019: DreadOut (2019)

DreadOut (2019)

DreadOut

Director (and writer): Kimo Stamboel

Cast: Caitlin Halderman, Jefri Nichol, Marsha Aruan, Ciccio Manassero, Susan Sameh, Irsyadillah, Mike Lucock, Rima Melati Adams

DreadOut is a 2019 Indonesian horror film telling the story of a group of high school students that go into an abandoned building to try and make a viral video and accidentally opens up a portal to another realm full of evil spirits.

Based on the 2014 Indonesion survival horror game of the same name, its important to first make it clear that the movie itself is a different story. It uses the same realm and even a portion of the evil spirits that appear in the game as well as some of the characters. There are some familiar scenes however, it still drives itself in a story that will translate better as a feature movie. There is no fault in choosing that path however, despite some nice cinematography, there are a mix of elements that both work and don’t work and it bases heavily on whether you are familiar with the source material or completely new to this world.

With that said, DreadOut has some of the issues of being indecisive. It lingers between horror and comedy, not being able to commit enough to a tense scene and very often, breaking the tension with some random silly dialogue. With that said, a lot of scenes are predictable jump scares, mostly accentuated through loud sounds and humming music or chants. It also goes on a little repetitive, mostly because the main defense is the main girl Linda (Caitlin Halderman) and the flash of her smartphone while jumping back and forth through reality and the other spirit realm while finding and losing her members of the group over and over again. She runs into all sorts of different evil spirits, increasing in its strength. Different from the game, the dangers are presented one after another without the game angle that gave its uniqueness, its presentation of Indonesian spirit origins.

Its hard to not think that DreadOut either is deliberately mocking or playing tribute to mainstream American horror when it emphasizes a lot of horror tropes that most horror viewers loathe, for example going into an empty place and saying hello. These are fun little moments if it is the former (which is the reason I choose to believe). Its definitely one of the more satisfying elements here.

As someone who knows the game, there are a lot of material to fill in those blanks and appreciate the effort here especially embracing the Evil Dead style of horror. It has its typical video game adaptation flaws like shallow characters and creatures and as a foreign language, also lingers in the bad script of stating the obvious which is okay in a game but doesn’t translate as well as a horror film except give it a good laugh due to the overacting and serious moments hindered by clunky dialogue. Despite its flaws, the run time packs the film fairly well-paced so for the general horror viewer, it should still satisfy a little demonic possession horror craving.