The Big 4: Movie Review

The Big 4 Movie Review: Big in Action and Comedy

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If we could best describe "The Big 4" it would be the Southeast Asian version of  "The Suicide Squad". It's hyper-violent action, great choreography plus cinematography, and irreverent comedy was a potent mix that makes sure that the two hour and so ride was fun and entertaining from start to finish.

It has been three years since her dad has been murdered and since the investigation has yielded no suspects, the by-the-books police woman Dina (Putri Marino) decides to take matters into her own hands. Her search takes her to the island of Bersi where she suspects her dad's murderer is hiding. When she encounters armed men hunting her, she knows she's on the right track but when she meets a group of people claiming to be her long lost siblings, can she really trust them? 

At more than two hours long, we won't deny that even with its highly-entertaining action, "The Big 4" needed to be trimmed down. Taken as an action film alone, the film was a surprisingly awesome affair. Director Timo Tjahjanto was able to present intricate and complex fight sequences that were very distinct from each other. More than the excellent choreography, we actually enjoyed his camera work a whole lot more as his dynamic and in-your-face approach made every punch, kick, and kill a lot more visceral than they should have been. Another great aspect of the film were the performances of the actors. Each character had distinct nuances that played well with each other. This film had a lot of quips and one-liners that had us laughing out loud although we must admit that the character of Pelor (played by Kristo Immanuel) was a little bit short-changed. Where the film unravels though was its narrative. It's a little bit over-the-top and a lot of silliness. At its core, it was pretty predictable. But considering what this film's purpose and vibe were, these shortcomings are extremely forgivable especially with what you get in exchange in terms of action-comedy.

Rating: 4 reels

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