Silat Warriors: Deed of Death review by Bobby Blakey
Well Go USA continues to be the premiere distributor for Asian cinema and thankfully shows no signs of slowing down. The latest is the Malaysian action flick Silat WarriorS: Deed of Death starring Namron and Fad Anuar from first-time film director Areel Abu Bakar along with first time actors Khoharullah Majid, Feiyna Tajudin, Taiyuddin Bakar, Megat Shahrizal and Azlan Komeng. Could this film offer up the promised action or will it fail to cross the finish line?
Silat Warriors: Deed of Death follows a reckless young gambler’s wild lifestyle of illegal betting, drag racing, and brutal street fights that pit him against a ruthless criminal enterprise, causing his luck to 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.
Director Bakar selected much of the talent from martial arts training facilities and competitions in order to give a sense of realism to the action sequences. This is a great direction for the film and I had high hopes for this one, but sadly it doesn’t fully live up to what could have been. There are so many mash-ups happening it ends up getting lost on itself and never really finds its footing.
At the start of the film it feels like one type of movie with a good set up to the fights that will no doubt be coming up. Suddenly we are in a street racing movie that is meant to showcase the other side of this person’s life that led to the issues they are having to deal with. Sadly the races are never overly exciting and seem like just an attempt to infuse the popularity and set up fights.
I would actually be totally fine with all this had the action been better. There are clearly talented martial artists here and the fights are good, but all felt very choreographed every time. Of course they always are in these films, but the
magic is to make the audience believe they are really fighting and I never really got anything from them other than like I was watching a demo. I applaud the work and talent of them but just needed that extra something to step up its game.
In the end the film is decent enough especially for coming from a first time director and so many non-actors, but I can’t lie I was hoping for more. I give major props to what they accomplished here because it is not easy to pull these things off and with some better camera angles and experience I have no doubt there are great things to come from this team.
Decide for yourself and check out Silat Warriors: Deed of Death available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Well GO USA.