When a reckless young gambler’s wild lifestyle of illegal betting, drag racing, and brutal street fights pits him against a ruthless criminal enterprise, his luck finally runs out. The gang shows up at his father’s home to collect on the debt, forcing his family to fight in order to save their land—and his life.
What We Thought:
Silat Warriors: Deed of Death is a pretty solid crime drama that mixes in some great martial arts fighting. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before, especially if you’ve watched Asian action movies for decades like I have, but if you like the genre you’ll like the film.
The synopsis above explains the movie pretty well. The son gets in over his head, the deed to his family’s land is given to the bad guys and the family is brought into his mess. The family goes back a long time and they won’t let anyone take their land without a fight. I don’t know if I understand the family’s historical background, but I don’t think I missed out on too much not understanding it.
The first real fight scene involves the sister when the bad guys show up at the house. She kicks some ass and from that point forward I knew there was going to be some fun hand to hand action. Here in the US we are used to guns and over-the-top action. In Asia they are more of the hand to hand, person to person type. Sure there are a lot of CGI-fest action movies coming out of Asia, especially China, but I prefer this type of action which seems more realistic.
Ever since The Raid: Redemption/The Raid 2 we’ve seen more of these types of films. This movie seems highly influenced by The Raid and I’m cool with that because I love those films. There is a 2 on 1 fight that looks straight out of The Raid: Redemption. There are lots of up-close fighting, hand to hand, guys moving close to each other before throwing down. These movies look so real because of this style of fighting you firmly believe people got hurt making these movies.
It does have some street racing as well, but overall the action is close up. The sister gets chased through a marketplace and that’s a great sequence. The good brother has a fight sequence with the bad guys near his home and the ending is really good. Again, if you like these types of movies you’ll like it.
Silat Warriors: Deed of Death isn’t game changing or anything, but it doesn’t need to be. It comes from Malaysia and we are getting more and more of these action films coming out of places like Malaysia, Indonesia, etc. And I’m here for it. Anytime you give me a movie where it looks like someone might have died during a fight I’ll watch the heck out of that movie.